Bill. Bill Shakespeare (Mathew Baynton). Copyright: BBC Films / Cowboy Films.


2015 British comedy film about Shakespeare. Stars Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and others.

Press Clippings

Failing to make it as a lute player in a band called Mortal Coil, young Bill Shakespeare (a chirpy Mathew Baynton) heads for London to write plays, befriend Queen Elizabeth (Helen McCrory) and foil a Spanish plot to invade England. At least that's how the gang behind CBBC's Horrible Histories tells it. There's no tragedy here; as bard biography, it's more fun than Shakespeare in Love, with a constant stream of slapstick gags and sometimes fruity jokes that wouldn't be out of place in a panto.

Paul Howlett, The Guardian, 23rd December 2017

Bill' set for U.S. event cinema release via Fathom

BBC Worldwide North America and Fathom Events are partnering to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death with the U.S. theatrical release of origins comedy, Bill.

Nancy Tartaglione, Deadline, 25th February 2016

DVD review: Bill

An irreverent Shakespearean romp, not just for kids.

Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk, 5th February 2016

Mathew Baynton interview

Mathew Baynton on making Bill, the cheeky charm of Horrible Histories - and the disconcerting effects of his own success.

Adrian Lobb, The Big Issue, 5th November 2015

Monty Python And The Holy Grail vs Bill

The director of Bill, Richard Bracewell, exclusively writes for us on the influence of Monty Python And The Holy Grail.

Richard Bracewell, Den Of Geek, 15th October 2015

Interview: cast of Bill

Featuring the BAFTA Award-winning lead cast of CBBC's Horrible Histories and Sky1's Yonderland, new movie Bill tells the story of what really happened during Shakespeare's 'Lost Years'.

Sami Kelsh, Cult Box, 24th September 2015

'Bill' movie review

If you haven't seen Bill yet, go see it. If you have seen Bill, go see it again. You know you want to.

Sami Kelsh, Cult Box, 24th September 2015

Bill review

It really is an auspicious debut. The wider stage is richly deserved, and Baynton, Farnaby, Howe-Douglas, Howick, Rickard and Willbond possess it admirably.

Mark Braxton, Radio Times, 18th September 2015

Bill review

Bill looks better than its budget, too, and should have enough international appeal to make that money back. Let's hope so, because this seems like only scratching the surface of what the team are capable of.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 18th September 2015

Bill review

Nothing is taken seriously, and there's a nice mix of old groaner jokes delivered with a visible wince and genuine, sneakily erudite wit. Being -- you know -- for kids, it's mucky in the sense of featuring a lot of mud and filth, but only smuggles in a few more adult gags.

Kim Newman, Empire, 18th September 2015