I tend to go along with the 'Pitchfork Wedding' scenario...:) The trouble with records in Parish Churches is that putting a name to a person is not always straightforward. Shakespeare had 2 sisters named Joan. The first one died as a small child so the next was also called Joan. So, two entries on the records. This happened often, so there could be 3 or 4 John Smiths in varying places, and since numbers 1,2 and 3 had died it sends the searcher down a dead end, while number 4, born in another Parish is the one to follow and gets missed.
I can't find the original little piece I found some time ago about Shakespeare's origins, but have found similar on
or The National Newspaper Petter Amundsen : Shakespeare's Secret ..which is a very strange site to say the least.It reposts the above article.
Never heard the spy theory. Susanna did marry a Hall, but it's a fairly common name here.However, the family were granted a Coat of Arms in 1596 disputed in 1602, after Elizabeth died, and you didn't get those for nothing. Macbeth touched on the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in a Lady Macbeth speech about the serpent under the flower, the snake being a common depiction of the Catholic Church.