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This film tells the story of 'what really happened' during Shakespeare's 'lost years' - how the hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare left his family and home to follow his dream. Along the way he encounters murderous kings, spies, lost loves, and a plot to blow up Queen Elizabeth.

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Mathew Baynton
as Bill Shakespeare
Simon Farnaby
as Juan Domingo
Martha Howe-Douglas
as Anne Hathaway
Jim Howick
as Gabriel Montoya
Laurence Rickard
as Sir Francis Walsingham
Ben Willbond
as King Phillip II of Spain
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This feature is a very funny, if derivative panto-ish romp about the early life of Shakespeare.

Sep 17, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There are laughs but not quite enough.

Oct 26, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A Horrible Histories film by any other name, Bill sees the cast of the popular CBBC show unite for a daft, affectionate take on the rise-to-fame years of William Shakespeare.

Oct 31, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The cast's energy is infectious and they frequently seem to be one smirk or snigger shy of corpsing en masse and ruining the take.

Dec 30, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

A rare family film -- one that's hilarious.

Dec 15, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

You will chuckle a lot.

Nov 6, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bill


This was enjoyable and definitely one of those films that deserves cult status. I can't remember watching something with such ties to Monty Python, not as crude or savage but never the less still very funny. I honestly wish they made many more of these movies instead of the 250m mega budgeted films. The cast do well with clever puns and situational humour, the film never sits on the one joke which is nice. A lot of films in this day and age tend to go for a lot of quick and tasteless jokes that never float with the audience. If the creators go with another production, I'll be quite eager to check it out. 25-10-2017.

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Very reminiscent of Monty Python, the Horrible Histories crew take a lighthearted look at Billy the Shake for a brief idle in catty Elizabethan doldrums. There's plenty of referential oneliners to go around in this that has the cast assume several roles, and that's where most of the fun is as well. Anglophiles will get their due quotient here.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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