Big budget American TV series on Shakespeare being filmed in Wales

Filming is underway at Dragon Studios, Pencoed, on the biggest budget US TV production ever to be shot in Wales.

"Will", a drama series based on the early life of William Shakespeare, is being filmed in Wales for broadcast in the US and will have the largest budget and highest spend of any production shot in Wales to date.

It is the latest US production to be brought to Wales and follows other high profile productions such as Da Vinci's Demons, The Bastard Executioner and The Collection.

A portrait of what is believed to be a young William Shakespeare. Credit: PA

The first series of nine episodes has been commissioned following the success of an initial pilot programme that was filmed in London.

Support from the Welsh Government means that a significant proportion of filming and production will be undertaken in Wales.

Welcoming the news Economy Cabinet Secretary Ken Skates described it as a great ‘win’ and a huge boost for the creative industries sector in Wales.

“This really does tick all the boxes. It has the highest budget of any production filmed in Wales to date and the largest local spend ever attracted to Wales which is great news for the Welsh film and TV sector."

Ninth Floor UK Productions Limited – the company behind the series - will be based at Dragon Studio Pencoed for nine months of the year with location shooting in and around South Wales as well as London.

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