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Review of "Will" 7/15/17 by Suzanne
Airs Mondays 9/8c on TNT

This is the story of William Shakespeare's life, with a punk rock attitude. Don't expect a PBS-style of historical drama. It's very anachronistic, using music and other elements that were definitely not around during the 1500's when Shakespeare lived.

Not much is known about Shakespeare's life, so that's probably why the creators of this show figured that they could do this show and just make up whatever they wanted. Sure, why not? We do know that Shakespeare was married and had three children, which is true in this show as well. In the show, he leaves his family to travel to London to become a playwright, and he meets a beautiful blonde woman as well. Also, his family is secretly Catholic, and the English Protestants at this time are torturing and killing Catholics, apparently.

What this show does well is entertain, and it's a fun Summer show to watch. It also really makes the Bard and his plays come alive and become more accessible to younger people. It really gives you some idea about what the plays might have been like back when they were original performed (within the fictional framework, of course).

The fabulous Colm Meaney plays the theater's owner. I would say that all of the actors do a good job, and most of them are very attractive as well, especially Will, Kit Marlowe, and Will's friend Richard.

MORE INFORMATION:

TNT Explores the Raucous World of Young William Shakespeare in the New Drama Will

Two-Episode Series Premiere Airs on Monday, July 10, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

TNT is about to take viewers back in time to Elizabethan England to tell the wild, rowdy story of young William Shakespeare in the brand new drama series Will. Newcomer Laurie Davidson plays the title role in this period drama told in a bold, contemporary style and played to a modern soundtrack that exposes all of Shakespeare's recklessness, lustful temptations and tortured brilliance. Also starring are Olivia DeJonge (The Visit), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting), Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Mattias Inwood (The Shanara Chronicles), Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga), William Houston (Sherlock Holmes), Lukas Rolfe (Grantchester), Max Bennett (The Hollow Crown) and Jasmin Savoy Brown (The Leftovers). Will is slated to launch on Monday, July 10, as a two-episode series premiere at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) across TNT's U.S. platforms.

As Will opens, a young William Shakespeare (Davidson) has just arrived onto the punk-rock theatre scene in 16th century London. It is in this seductive, violent world that his raw talent faces rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous sideshows. Attracted to Will's na´ve genius is Alice Burbage (DeJonge), the talented, beautiful and rebellious daughter of James Burbage (Meaney), the carpenter whose vision led him to build the first theatre in London since Roman times. Despite being the daughter of an impresario, Alice is forbidden by society from pursuing a career in the theatre. Her brother Richard Burbage (Inwood) is innately talented as well, but too much in love with himself and prone to overact. But a chance encounter at the theatre 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 cast of characters are playwright, poet and chief Shakespeare rival Christopher Marlowe (Bower) and wealthy and notorious law enforcer Richard Topcliffe (Bremner).

Will, which is produced by Turner's Studio T, comes to TNT from executive producers Craig Pearce (Romeo + Juliet), Golden Globe« nominee Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth), Alison Owen (Elizabeth) and Debra Hayward (Love Actually). Vince Gerardis (Jumper), Howard Braunstein (The Informant!) and Louise Rosager also serve as executive producers on the series. The pilot for Will was written by Pearce and directed by Kapur.

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