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Will tells the wild story of young William Shakespeare's (Laurie Davidson) 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. Its a contemporary version of Shakespeare's life, played to a modern soundtrack that exposes all his recklessness, lustful temptations and brilliance.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Play's the Thing||It's 1589, a time of religious turmoil in Protestant England when to be Catholic could be a death sentence - Will Shakespeare (Laurie Davidson) arrives from the small town of Stratford to the wild streets of London with little more than a dream and a treacherous letter.||57:56||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoInside the Episode: The Play's the Thing||The cast and creators of Will unpack Episode 1, separating fact from fiction, revealing production details, and delving into pivotal scenes.||3:12||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCowards Die Many Times||Will (Laurie Davidson) is wracked with guilt over the arrest of the rival playwright, Baxter (Tadhg Murphy), and he makes a dangerous confession to the beautiful and rebellious Alice (Olivia DeJonge). The future of the theatre is threatened when the crowd-pleasing actor, Kemp (William Houston), is tempted by another playhouse.||49:39||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoInside the Episode: Cowards Die Many Times||The cast and creators of Will unpack Episode 2, separating fact from fiction, revealing production details, and delving into pivotal scenes.||3:27||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Two Gentlemen||Will (Laurie Davidson) has an epiphany, which could lead him to success but he needs Alice's help (Olivia DeJonge). A charismatic fugitive from Will's past burdens him with a dangerous obligation.||48:51||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoInside the Episode: The Two Gentlemen||The cast and creators of Will unpack "The Two Gentlemen", separating fact from fiction, revealing production details, and delving into pivotal scenes.||2:38||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBrave New World||Marlowe (Jamie Campbell Bower) introduces Will (Laurie Davidson) to the decadent elite of London but things take a macabre turn. Alice (Olivia DeJonge) is disillusioned and Will (Laurie Davidson) must fight for all that he holds dear.||49:12||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Marriage of True Minds||An unexpected arrival from out-of-town sends Will's (Laurie Davidson) world spinning. A transcendental experience leads Marlowe (Jamie Campbell Bower) to deal with his past. Topcliffe (Ewen Bremner) deciphers a code that throws Will into a life and death situation.||48:21||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSomething Wicked This Way Comes||Tensions rise as Will (Laurie Davidson) and Alice (Olivia DeJonge) continue to collaborate, while Anne (Deirdre Mullins) attempts to adjust to London life. Love forces Marlowe (Jamie Campbell Bower) to confront his darkest fears. Presto (Lukas Rolfe) is forced to confront true evil.||50:54||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWhat Dreams May Come||With the theatre in jeopardy, Will enlists the help of a beautiful and talented friend. Alice turns to Southwell for comfort and an existential crisis leads Marlowe back to the dubious Edward Kelly.||47:13||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|11||HDClosed CaptioningVideoYour Houses||Will is shocked to learn of Alice's new passion. Haunted by his inability to write, Marlowe embarks on a self-destructive path. Plague haunts London, and Richard discovers what he believes in.||48:48||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|12||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPlay the Devil||To write his new play, Will must confront Topcliffe. To achieve greatness Richard must tell his father a harsh truth. Alice contemplates a perilous mission.||47:24||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|13||HDClosed CaptioningVideoOnce, Bright Angel||Will and the company are shocked by a terrible discovery; they must risk everything in a life and death struggle for survival.||51:14||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|101||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSneak Peek||Check out a sneak peek of Will, Season 1.||2:02||Free||View in iTunes|
|102||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBehind the Scenes||Go behind the scenes with executive producers and the cast behind Will.||2:33||Free||View in iTunes|
|103||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBehind the Fashion||Take a closer look at the artistry that brings Shakespeare's story to life with hair, makeup, and costumes, remixing historic detail and modern couture.||3:05||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|104||HDClosed CaptioningVideoExtended Look||Shakespeare's words are legendary, but his life is a mystery, until now. Discover the man behind the myth with the show's creative team, as they weave together Elizabethan history with dazzling modern style.||5:05||Free||View in iTunes|
|105||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSetting the Stage||See how the creative team brings the world of William Shakespeare to life with extravagant sets, production design, art direction, and visual effects.||3:03||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|106||HDClosed CaptioningVideoGetting Into Character||Dive deeper into the characters of Will, with interviews that reveal historic details and character insights from the actors who portray them.||3:33||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|107||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAnnotated Version: A Play's a Thing||Special annotated version. It's 1589, a time of religious turmoil in Protestant England when to be Catholic could be a death sentence. Will Shakespeare arrives from Stratford to London with a dream and a treacherous letter.||57:56||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|108||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAsides: A Battle of Wits||Did Shakespeare really rap battle? Laurie Davidson ("Will") compares poetic rivalries of the past with rap competitions of today.||1:54||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|109||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAsides: An Educated Woman||Olivia DeJonge ("Alice") gets real about gender politics in Shakespeare's day - was a woman's place in the home or on the throne?||2:15||Season Only||View in iTunes|
As a former professor of Renaissance literature, I came to boo but stayed to cheer. “Will” is a show for a particular kind of Shakepeare-lover, not one who wants to put the playwright into a glass case and pay homage, but one who enjoys seeing his plays thoughtfully reimagined in startling new ways. For me, the punk aesthetic works to underscore the subversive vitality of Elizabethan theatre in a time when both church and state sought to exert tight control of minds and bodies. And I very much like some of the characterizations, especially Jamie Campbell Bower's sexy, dangerous Marlowe. There are constant references to Elizabethan culture and politics--and, of course, to plays Shakespeare will write. Some are clever and provocative; some are obvious and a little silly; all are good fun. Allusions to punk culture are the same; I groaned when Will left Stratford to the tune of “London Calling,” but the theater troupe’s rendition of “Perfect Day” was, well, perfect. Here’s hoping the series finds its audience.
A refreshing historical fiction. Intrigue, romance, danger combined with colourful imagery. Well done.
Didn't expect this
I'm not sure what I was expecting. But first episode was fantastic!