Bill. Image shows from L to R: Simon Farnaby, Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Ben Willbond. Image credit: BBC Films.

In UK cinemas 20th February 2015

Bill

Comedy film about William Shakespeare - starring the cast of Horrible Histories

Genre:
Film
Released:
2015
Starring:
Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond, Damian Lewis
Writers:
Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond
Production:
BBC Films
& Cowboy Films

The story of how hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare left his family and home to follow his dream. It's a tale of murderous kings, spies, lost loves, and a plot to blow up Queen Elizabeth. Can one man prove the quill is mightier than the sword?

The cast of Horrible Histories and Yonderland star in the show - together they will play 40 roles in the film.

Co-writer Laurence Rickard says: "The joy of the Lost Years is we can tell a fun story without trampling on the facts - it gives us licence to take William Shakespeare on a truly ridiculous caper, yet end with him becoming the man the world knows."

Bill. Image shows from L to R: Laurence Rickard, Simon Farnaby, Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Ben Willbond, Jim Howick. Image credit: BBC Films.