TNT’s ‘Will’ looks at punk-rock theater scene in Elizabethan London

We  don’t know much about the personal life of William Shakespeare, but TNT is taking a fictionalized stab at it with a bare bodkin in a new series called “Will,”

The first 10 episodes “reveal” 16th century London as a seductive, violent world where Shakespeare’s raw talent faced rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous side-shows. The “wild life” of the most famous playwright in history, according to a Deadline.com post. 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.”

I can see Shakespeare scholars rolling their eyes already.

Newcomer Laurie Davidson stars in TNT’s new series “Will,” a fictionalized punk-rock look at Shakespeare’s “lost years.”

“Will” stars newcomer Laurie Davidson. The project is helmed by Craig Pearce, the longtime writing partner of auteur filmmaker Baz Luhrmann.

If the show gets younger people into theaters to see live productions of Shakespeare’s plays, that’s a good thing. After all, “Shakespeare in Love” certainly attracted a younger crowd to movie theaters. And this fall they can see the stage version of “Shakespeare in Love” at the Shakespeare Festival of New Jersey when it’s staged for the first time in the northeast region of the USA.

A bit about the real Bard

Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, who was 26 and with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith.

Sometime between 1585 and 1592 — which scholars refer to as the “lost Years” — he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later known as the King’s Men.

He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, at age 49, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare’s private life survive, which has stimulated considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, and religious beliefs and whether the works attributed to him were written by others

 

 

 

Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-AvonWarwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing companycalled the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later known as the King’s Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, at age 49, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare’s private life survive, which has stimulated considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearancesexualityand religious beliefs and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.[5]

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