I’m not a big fan/follower of the Authorship question. I prefer Occam’s Razor (the simplest solution is the most likely) so until I see compelling evidence to the contrary, it’s just not interesting to me.
That’s why when I saw the name James Shapiro floating around this week, linked with the authorship question, I didn’t pay much attention.
Mr. Shapiro’s position seems to be popularizing the reasonable and realistic idea that Shakespeare always had plenty of co-authors, so perhaps we should get over ourselves about the whole “looking for an autobiography in his works” thing. Hamlet is not about his dead son, and the Tempest is not his farewell to the stage.
It seems to logically extend from there, then, that if the plays were always collaborative works, that there is no individual biography told in them, regardless of who the man was who signed the Shakespeare name. And without that biographic hook, all of the authorship theories go out the window.