Principal photography on BILL, a feature film comedy about Shakespeare, will start on 10th February 2014 on location in Yorkshire and London.

The film will star the BAFTA-winning lead cast of BBC TV’s Horrible Histories and Sky One’s Yonderland – Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond – who together will play 40 roles in the film.

BILL tells the story of what really happened during Shakespeare’s ‘Lost Years’ – how hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare leaves 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.

Laurence Rickard said: “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.”

The script is written by Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond and developed through BBC Films and Punk Cinema. Richard Bracewell (The Gigolos) will direct.

A Cowboy Films/ Punk Cinema production, the film is produced by Charles Steel, Alasdair Flind and Tony Bracewell.

BBC Films, BFI, Screen Yorkshire and LipSync will finance and Independent is handling international sales with Koch Media taking distribution rights for the UK, Germany and Scandinavia.

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