Shakespeare's Mulberry Tree

Keir Cutler, who possesses a PhD in theater, tells the fascinating historical account of how the mulberry tree in back of Shakespeare's former home became “one of the most valuable assets of the town,” and why its cutting down was viewed as a "sacrilege." More
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About Keir Cutler


Keir Cutler has been called
"a fine storyteller . . . an amazing lesson," (The Charlebois Post, 2014)
"brimming with insight, social satire and laughs," (, 2013)
"gloriously funny," (Orlando Sentinel, 2013)
"funny, informative, and entertaining," (NOW Magazine, Toronto, 2013)
"simply fantastic," (, 2013)
"brilliant," (Mooney on Theatre, Toronto, 2010.)
"a phenomenal performer," (, 2008.)
"supremely witty," (Edmonton Journal, 2008.)
"consistently intelligent," (CBC, Edmonton, 2008.)
"one of solo theatre's superstars." (Montreal Gazette, 2007)
"captivating," (Saskatoon Star Phoenix, 2006.)
"riveting," (Montreal Mirror, 2006.)
"absolutely hilarious," (Victoria Times Colunist, 2004)
"a real theatrical gift," (Ottawa Citizen, 2003.)
"a cunning performer," (, 2003.)
"a masterful entertainer," (Winnipeg Free Press, 2001.)
"a marvel to watch," (Toronto Sun, 2000.)
"formidably delightful," (Off-Off Broadway Review, New York, 2000.)
"a penetrating presence," (Backstage, New York, 2000.)
"blisteringly funny," (Hour, Montreal, 1999.)

Keir has an M.A. and Ph.D. in theatre from Wayne State University in Detroit, a playwriting diploma from the National Theatre School of Canada and has a B.A from McGill University.

He is the playwright/performer of nine monologues and one two-character theatre play. His solo works include the multiple-award-winning, "Teaching Shakespeare: A Parody" (French translation, "Fou de Shakespeare"), "Teaching Detroit," a monologue adaptation of "Mark Twain's Is Shakespeare Dead?," "Teaching Witchcraft," "Lunatic Van Beethoven," "Teaching As You Like It," "Teaching the Fringe," "Rant Demon," and "Shakespeare Crackpot." He is also the author of the comic two-hander, "Teaching Hamlet." Keir has performed his works across Canada, in New York City and other American cities. Four of his solo shows are on video and have been broadcasted on television by BRAVO!/CANADA.

He is a signatory of and videospokesman for the "Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare." Keir received the "Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award" in 2014, from the Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon: an award previously given to Sir Derek Jacobi, Mark Rylance, Michael York, and Roland Emmerich.

He has appeared in many local television and film projects filmed in the Montreal area. Notable performances include work with Jennifer Love Hewitt in "The Audrey Hepburn Story," and with Julien Poulin in "Bob Gratton- Ma Vie My Life."

In the late 1970s, Keir played football at McGill University. He once scored three touchdowns in a single game against Concordia University. He was drafted by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, but did not make the team.

Keir is married and lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Shakespeare's Mulberry Tree
Keir Cutler, PhD explains how belief in Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon became a religion, and how the worshiping of a mulberry tree in Stratford led to the orthodox view that there is NO Shakespeare Authorship Question.

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