The debate concerning authorship of Shakespeare's works has been ragin for years and most of it has been colored by British class prejudice and snobbery. Could a humble lower class person write these great works? Talent is irrespective of class and springs up in the most unlikely places. Self-education is also important and this distinguishes an Orson Welles from a Cornelia Otis Skinner.
Politicians such as the late Enoch Powell dismissed from the 1960s Shadow Cabinet for his "rivers of blood" speech and snobbish elements have disputed whether a lowly (do we know whether Shakespeare was `illiterate' could have written these plays. Unfortunately, when talent springs up outside official class and educational boundaries (Bertholt Brecht and Brendan Behan are two examples of many that could be cited), this becomes too hard for the establishment to take.
I don't think Welles was at this event. Were he there he would have castigated these snobbish thespian Brits. desperate to find an aristocratic author for the plays they gained their knighthoods for, and affirmed an author who was a strolling player, a lowly artist seeking to bring his work to the widest possible audience under the aegis of entertainment as he did with his Mercury Theatre radio, stage, and film adapations where he pruned the text radically and was never a "Bard worshipper." He would not have been at home in such a gathering. Were he there he would have castigated these snobs with his caustic comments in the same manner he tongue lashed incomptent British TV producers doing advertising commercials. We must remember that Welles often had justification and Peter Tonguett'es recent book onf interviews shows us a gentle side of the director who also could not stand rouges and scoundrels.