A drama about the lost years of young William Shakespeare after his arrival to London in 1589 -- when theatre was like rock and roll and a young man with a dream changed the world with his words.


Craig Pearce
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Series cast summary:
Laurie Davidson ...  William Shakespeare 10 episodes, 2017
Olivia DeJonge ...  Alice Burbage 10 episodes, 2017
Ewen Bremner ...  Richard Topcliffe 10 episodes, 2017
Mattias Inwood Mattias Inwood ...  Richard Burbage 10 episodes, 2017
Jamie Campbell Bower ...  Christopher Marlowe 10 episodes, 2017
William Houston ...  Kemp 10 episodes, 2017
Colm Meaney ...  James Burbage 10 episodes, 2017
Geoffrey Freshwater ...  Barnaby Smith 10 episodes, 2017
Jamie Beamish ...  Augustine Phillips 10 episodes, 2017
Cristian Valle Cristian Valle ...  Antonio Swaarvey 10 episodes, 2017
Adam Galbraith Adam Galbraith ...  Thomas Dalglesh 10 episodes, 2017
James Berkery James Berkery ...  Jeremy Nightstand 10 episodes, 2017
Kenneth Collard ...  Justice Young 10 episodes, 2017
Jonathan Jaynes Jonathan Jaynes ...  Astor Blunt 10 episodes, 2017
Benny Maslov Benny Maslov ...  Tye Brewster 10 episodes, 2017
Ash Mukherjee Ash Mukherjee ...  Bryce Flintock 10 episodes, 2017
James T. Bowman James T. Bowman ...  Globe Theatre Lyrist 10 episodes, 2017
Perran Pryor Perran Pryor ...  SA 10 episodes, 2017
Lukas Rolfe ...  Presto 9 episodes, 2017
Max Bennett ...  Robert Southwell 9 episodes, 2017
Nancy Carroll Nancy Carroll ...  Ellen Burbage 9 episodes, 2017
Clive Rowe ...  Boxman 9 episodes, 2017
Abigail Hardingham ...  Moll 8 episodes, 2017
Connor Sullivan Connor Sullivan ...  Loud Audience Member 9 episodes, 2017
Shane Zaza ...  Autolycus Brewit 8 episodes, 2017
George Sear ...  Billy Cooper 7 episodes, 2017
Gerald Tyler ...  Ross 7 episodes, 2017
Edward Hayter ...  Thomas Walsingham 7 episodes, 2017
Leon Annor ...  Marcus (Oyster Seller) / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Kedar Williams-Stirling ...  Owen 6 episodes, 2017
Tadhg Murphy ...  Baxter 6 episodes, 2017
Kyle Rees ...  Neemes 6 episodes, 2017
Michael Nardone ...  Edward Arden / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Pino Maiello Pino Maiello ...  Market trader 6 episodes, 2017
Jasmin Savoy Brown ...  Emilia Bassano 5 episodes, 2017
Nicholas Farrell ...  Sir Francis Walsingham 5 episodes, 2017
Lorraine Bruce ...  Mistress Harding 4 episodes, 2017
Kristy Philipps ...  Apelina 5 episodes, 2017


Tells the wild story of young William Shakespeare's arrival onto the punk-rock theater scene in 16th century London - the seductive, violent world where his raw talent faced rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous side-shows. It's described as a contemporary version of Shakespeare's life, played to a modern soundtrack that exposes all his recklessness, lustful temptations and brilliance. Attracted to Will's naive genius is Alice Burbage, the talented, beautiful and rebellious daughter of James Burbage, the carpenter with a vision to build the first theater in London since Roman times. Despite being the daughter of an impresario, Alice is forbidden by society from pursuing a career in the theater. Her brother Richard Burbage, is innately talented, but too much in love with himself and prone to overact. A chance encounter at the theater leads him to team up with Will in what would soon become the greatest actor-writer partnership the world has ever seen. Rounding out Will's ...

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Craig Pearce, creator of the show, also wrote the screenplay for Romeo + Juliet (1996). See more »

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A good show not worthy of the hate
18 July 2017 | by thomasgrindolSee all my reviews

This show has gotten a lot of hate that it does not deserve. The actors are very charming and Laurie Davidson does an especially good job at showing Will as a troubled man who wants to achieve success but struggles with his personal demons. It also manages to deliver a good message about religious tolerance without making it preachy or annoying. The main problem is that the show struggles with keeping a consistent tone, going from dramatic to cheerful without much transition. While this show may not be historically accurate it is compelling and when it wants to be dramatic it does it very well.

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2017 (USA) See more »

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Lacock, Wiltshire, England, UK See more »

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