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Episode 101: “The Play’s The Thing” – Monday, July 10, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
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…

Directed by Shekhar Kapur
Written by Craig Pearce
Created by Craig Pearce

Episode 102: “Cowards Die Many Times” – Monday, July 10, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
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.

Directed by Shekhar Kapur
Written by Craig Pearce
Created by Craig Pearce

Episode 103: “The Two Gentlemen” – Monday, July 17, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
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.

Directed by Shekhar Kapur
Teleplay by Craig Pearce and Jacquelin Perske
Story by Louise Fox and Craig Pearce
Created by Craig Pearce

Episode 104: "Brave New World" – Monday, July 24, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
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 must fight for all that he holds dear.

Directed by Elliot Lester
Written by Cat Jones
Created by Craig Pearce

Episode 105: "The Marriage of True Minds" – Monday, July 31, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT)  
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.

Directed by Elliot Lester
Written by Craig Pearce and Jacquelin Perske
Created by Craig Pearce

Episode 106: "Something Wicked This Way Comes" – Monday, Aug. 7, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT)
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.

Directed by Magnus Martens
Written by Corinne Marrinan
Created by Craig Pearce

Episode 107: "What Dreams May Come" – Monday, Aug. 14, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) 

With the theatre in jeopardy, Will (Laurie Davidson) enlists the help of a beautiful and talented friend. Alice (Olivia DeJonge) turns to Southwell (Max Bennett) for comfort and an existential crisis leads Marlowe (Jamie Campbell Bower) back to the dubious Edward Kelly (Zubin Varla).

Directed by Magnus Martens
Written by Sarah Byrd
Created by Craig Pearce

Episode 108: "Your Houses" – Monday, Aug. 21, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) 

Will (Laurie Davidson) is shocked to learn of Alice's (Olivia DeJonge) new passion. Haunted by his inability to write, Marlowe (Jamie Campbell Bower) embarks on a self-destructive path. Plague haunts London, and Richard (Mattias Inwood) discovers what he believes in.

Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky
Written by Mark Steilen
Created by Craig Pearce

Episode 109: "Play the Devil" – Monday, Aug. 28, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) 

To write his new play, Will (Laurie Davidson) must confront Topcliffe (Ewen Bremner). To achieve greatness Richard (Mattias Inwood) must tell his father a harsh truth. Alice (Olivia DeJonge) contemplates a perilous mission.

Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky
Written by David Rambo
Created by Craig Pearce

Episode 110: "Once, Bright Angel" – Monday, Sept. 4, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) 

Will (Laurie Davidson) and the company are shocked by a terrible discovery; they must risk everything in a life and death struggle for survival.

Directed by Shekhar Kapur
Written by Craig Pearce
Created by Craig Pearce