Will The Play’s The Thing Recap Season 1 Episode 1 – “The Play’s The Thing,” begins with a young glove maker named William Shakespeare in Stratford deciding to leave for London to pursue his dream of being a playwright. By so doing he is abandoning his young family but promises to send back money to keep them from being thrown out to the street. Shakespeare also is tasked with taking a letter to a relative who, like him, is a secret Catholic.
Will The Play’s The Thing Recap Season 1 Episode 1
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When he arrives in London the future Bard experiences a riot of colors and sounds in the market, where his letter is snatched by a street urchin. This development could have dire consequences as Richard Topcliffe, one of the Queen’s law enforcement officers, is just as determined to stamp out Catholicism in England as he is the theater, which he regards as immoral.
Shakespeare connects with the Burbage family, including James, the owner of the Globe Theater, his son Richard, an up-and-coming actor, and daughter Alice, who because of law and custom cannot be involved in the theater scene save as a hanger-on. Shakespeare also meets some of the other characters of the Elizabethan theater, including Christopher Marlowe (who is also a spy), who becomes both his rival and his admirer. Indeed, Marlow, who has been assigned to find out who carried the incriminating letter, fingers someone else to Topcliffe’s men to be taken away and tortured.
The aspiring playwright from the country has come at just the right time. James Burbage needs a new play, and his mainstay writer, Marlowe, doesn’t have one available. Shakespeare does, based on the life of Edward III, England’s hero king who won the Battle of Crecy over 200 years before. So Burbage agrees to put on the play so long as it can be passed off as one by the more famous Marlowe.
Shakespeare also wins some fame by besting a local poet at a tavern with dueling verses, using the iambic pentameter and wordplay for which he later becomes famous. Later, the production of “Edward III” turns out to be a monster hit. The young upstart from the country is on his way to change the world with his words.
Will The Play’s The Thing Recap Season 1 Episode 1 characters and cast include:
William Shakespeare – Laurie Davidson
Alice Burbage – Olivia DeJonge (The Visit, The Sisterhood of Night, Better Watch Out)
Christopher Marlowe – Jamie Campbell Bower (Thomas & Friends, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Camelot, The Prisoner, RocknRolla)
Augustine Phillips – Jamie Beamish (Hanna, Pan, Love Rose)
Jeremy Nightstand – James Berkery