Bacon, Politics, and Drama

by Dr. Barry R. Clarke


Following PhD work at Brunel University and an academic book ‘Francis Bacon’s Contribution to Shakespeare’ published by Routledge, Dr Barry R. Clarke argues that Francis Bacon made a contribution to Love’s Labour’s Lost which was intended for performance at the 1595 Gray’s Inn revels but was cancelled.

The Amateur


The Amateur a dramatic film that came out in 1982 starring Christopher Plummer, John Savage, Marthe Keller, Arthur Hill, and directed by Charles Jarrott has several scenes in which Francis Bacon and Shakespeare are mentioned. The plot centers around the girlfriend of a CIA computer expert who is murdered. Her boyfriend (Savage’s character) decides to doggedly hunt down her killer. In the beginning of his search the Savage character meets with CIA brass to explain how he plans to use Big Bertha, the CIA computer, to run down a facsimile of a 1586 letter from Mary Queen of Scots that portends that she is planning to murder Elizabeth 1st. Savage tells the CIA boss that he is “looking for numerical sequences, acrostics, Elizabethan substitution systems and Bacon’s biliteral cyphers.” Then there is a scene in which Savage attends a lecture on Shakespeare and Bacon cyphers by a university professor played by Christopher Plummer. Later the two characters meet up on a train ride sharing the same compartment.

Visit The Amateur page and watch the video.