It's 1589 in Elizabethan England, where a young William Shakespeare arrives from the small town of Stratford to an electric London punk-rock theatre scene. This seductive, violent world inspires Will to dream big, but his budding talent faces rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous sideshows. Attracted to Will is the beautiful, rebellious Alice Burbage, who is forbidden by society from pursuing a career in the theater. However, a chance encounter leads Alice's brother Richard to team with Will to create what soon becomes the greatest actor-writer partnership the world has ever seen. The drama series, says TNT, is told in a bold, contemporary style and played to a modern soundtrack that exposes all of Shakespeare's recklessness, lustful temptations and tortured brilliance.