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.

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 Richard Topcliffe 10 episodes, 2017
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 James Burbage 10 episodes, 2017
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 Barnaby Smith 10 episodes, 2017
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 Augustine Phillips 10 episodes, 2017
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 Antonio Swaarvey 10 episodes, 2017
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 Thomas Dalglesh 10 episodes, 2017
James Berkery ...
 Jeremy Nightstand 10 episodes, 2017
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 Justice Young 10 episodes, 2017
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 Astor Blunt 10 episodes, 2017
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 Tye Brewster 10 episodes, 2017
Ash Mukherjee ...
 Bryce Flintock 10 episodes, 2017
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 Robert Southwell 9 episodes, 2017
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 Ellen Burbage 9 episodes, 2017
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 Loud Audience Member 9 episodes, 2017
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 Autolycus Brewit 8 episodes, 2017
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 Billy Cooper 7 episodes, 2017
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 Thomas Walsingham 7 episodes, 2017
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 Marcus (Oyster Seller) / ... 6 episodes, 2017
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 Edward Arden / ... 6 episodes, 2017
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 Market trader 6 episodes, 2017
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 Emilia Bassano 5 episodes, 2017
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 Sir Francis Walsingham 5 episodes, 2017
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 Mistress Harding 5 episodes, 2017
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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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In episode three, when Alice steals the book and runs, Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" is heard. The opening scene to "Trainspotting", with Ewen Bremner (Topcliffe) also plays the same song as heroin addicts steal and run in the opening scene. See more »

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A good show not worthy of the hate
18 July 2017 | by See 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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