Act I [The seventeenth century] Shakespeare dies, gets published, denounced, misattributed and re-written.
Act II [The eighteenth century] A bust-up amoung emerging editors of the bard; an avid antiquarian leaves the remains to Balliol.
Act III [The nineteenth century] A Vice-Chancellor and Master of Balliol allows undergraduates to perform Shakespeare in public (a privilege long denied them, although some students have indulged in private).
Act IV [The twentieth century] A.C. Bradley and J.C. Maxwell get down to serious criticism; another Balliol writer launches the Shakespeare festival which launches Captain Kirk.
Act V [The twenty-first century] Balliol’s current crop of critics and actors, live and recorded deliver the last words (for now).