Shakespeare on television? Could it be true? Not since BBC Television Shakespeare has the bard’s work been packaged for your episodic viewing pleasure. But Hulu’s new show “Complete Works” brings Shakespeare to modern day. The show follows Hal (played by Joe Sofranko, who also wrote and directed the series alongside Adam North), a nerdy, Shakespeare-obsessed finalist in the National Shakespeare Competition. Sofranko’s creation of the character is likely based on his own life, having been crowned champion out of over 16,000 competitors in the 2004 National Shakespeare Competition.
As a bit of a Shakespeare junkie, I’m geeking-out in anticipation of the show, which looks extremely well done. All episodes are set to premiere on April 23 (William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday) and I will definitely be tuning in. Click here to watch the trailer, it certainly got me interested; as did the recently released teaser. Friends, Shakespeare fanatics, those of you who are intellectually condescending, lend me your ears! Catch “Complete Works” on April 23rd.