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Museum to feature in new Bill film

By 8 September 2015January 11th, 2021No Comments

Vertigo Releasing has announced that its new movie, Bill, will be released in UK cinemas on Friday 18 September 2015 – watch the trailer here.

Bill is the hilarious tale of William Shakespeare as you’ve never seen him before and the Weald & Downland Museum plays the role of Bill’s home town.

The movie 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!

The cast

Bill stars the BAFTA Award-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 play 40 roles in the film.

The cast is joined by award-winning actress Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Harry Potter) and Damian Lewis (Homeland and Band of Brothers).

The script is written by Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond, directed by Richard Bracewell (The Gigolos). A Cowboy Films/Punk Cinema production, the film is produced by Charles Steel, Alasdair Flind and Tony Bracewell.

Follow the movie on Twitter @BillTheFilm and on Facebook.

Bill is released in cinemas across the UK on Friday 18 September 2015. Find out more about how the Museum can be hired as a filming location here.