William Shakespeare had to stop writing because of failing eyesight, a new play is suggesting.
According to playwright Rick Thomas, the Bard would have had to write by candlelight during the year"s shorter days because he would have been in rehearsals and performances by day.
He told the Birmingham Post: "I just can"t see that Shakespeare could have had that clear vision."
Mr Thomas has been commissioned to write the play - For All Time - by the Theatre By the Lake.
Stanley Wells of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, who also spoke to the newspaper, pointed out that Shakespeare could see well enough to sign his name.
by Martin Burns