Shakespeare Fellowship President Earl Showerman issued a statement today repudiating the fellowship's statement made June 15, 2011 titled: "The Shakespeare Fellowship commends Roland Emmerich for directing the film, Anonymous, but stresses that this production's 'Prince Tudor' narratives are not essential to the theory that the Earl of Oxford was the writer 'Shakespeare'".
Showerman said today:
The trustees of the Shakespeare Fellowship met last evening to reconsider the motion passed last month concerning the statement posted on the Fellowship website regarding Roland Emmerich’s upcoming film, Anonymous. While a number of trustees still support the language on the posted statement, the board moved unanimously to withhold the statement on Anonymous and to remove it from the Fellowship website until a later date when members of the board have actually seen a preview of the film. Several board members have offered amendments to the statement which are under consideration, but no further action on this issue will be taken until we are certain of the content of the film.