Shakesepeare Drama 'Will' to Debut on TNT July 10

Ellen Von Unwerth

A future for 'Will,' TNT's bawdy drama about the younger days of Shakespeare, is not to be.

TNT says it has set a July 10 premiere date for Will, its new drama series about playwright William Shakespeare.

Newcomer Laurie Davidson plays the title role in the period drama, which will also feature Olivia DeJonge, Ewen Bremner, Colm Meaney, Mattias Inwood, Jamie Campbell Bower, William Houston, Lukas Rolfe, Max Bennett and Jasmin Savoy Brown.

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"As Will opens, a young William Shakespeare has just arrived onto the punk-rock theater scene in 16th century London," a synopsis said. "It is in this seductive, violent world that his raw talent faces rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous sideshows. Attracted to Will's naïve genius is Alice Burbage, the talented, beautiful and rebellious daughter of James Burbage, 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 theater. Her brother Richard Burbage is innately talented as well, but too much in love with himself and prone to overact. But 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."

By Karen Butler

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.