There are many conspiracy theorists who believe that there was no playwright named William Shakespeare, but that Shakespeare was a nom de plume for an aristocrat who did not wish to be associated with theatre. This article points out five different potential candidates to replace Shakespeare as the author with both plausible and illogical reasons for each.
This article explains the reasons some believe Queen Elizabeth I to be responsible for the plays commonly attributed to Shakespeare. While intelligent and certainly well-educated, Queen Elizabeth did not seem to possess the time to be living such a double life. In addition she died 13 years before the last play attributed Shakespeare was published. However, many continue to point at this famous Queen claiming the light the Tudors are cast in is overwhelming evidence that the Queen must be the original author!
This article explains the reasons some claim that Edward De Vere wrote the plays commonly attributed to William Shakespeare. While the least likely of the theories, this article notes the "proof" that exists supporting this theory.
This article explains the reasons some claim that William Stanley wrote the plays commonly attributed to Shakespeare. Apart from having the same initials and nicknames, Stanley is related to another potential author of these plays attempting to usurp Shakespeare's fame.
This article explains the reasons some claim that Christopher Marlowe wrote the plays commonly attributed to William Shakespeare. The conspiracy is explained in full with both motive and slight proof. This theory requires belief in another conspiracy theory surrounding Marlowe's death.
While Sir Francis Bacon was known for many things, this article argues that he is the author of the plays commonly attributed to Shakespeare. They provide all evidence that supports this theory mainly focusing on the similarities in writing styles.