What really happened during Shakespeare's 'Lost Years'? Hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare leaves his home to follow his dream.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
William 'Bill' Shakespeare / Lord Burghley / English Messenger / Customs Official
Earl of Croydon / Juan Domingo / Sausage / Dmitri Alexandrovitch / Fur Seller
Martha Howe-Douglas ...
Anne Hathaway / Molly / Spanish Courtier / Body Collector
Christopher Marlowe / Gabriel Montoya / Cynical Jester / Palace Doorman / Mysterious Man / Even Grubbier Thief / Party Planner
Sir Francis Walsingham / Lope Lopez / Stand-Up Jester / Chatty Guard / Slightly Late Courtier / Ian / Hanging Criminal / Chicken Drumstick
King Phillip II of Spain / Earl of Southampton / Grubby Thief / Alexander Dimitrievitch / Head of Guards
Sir Richard Hawkins
Rufus Jones ...
Sir Walter Raleigh
Sir Francis Drake
John Henry Falle ...
Jamie Demetriou ...
Richard Atwill ...
George Hewer ...
Spanish Servant #1


What really happened during Shakespeare's 'Lost Years'? Hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare leaves his home to follow his dream.

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Although it shares most of the cast, this technically has no affiliation with the _Horrible Histories_ TV series. See more »


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A jolly good time for all the family
11 October 2015 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

A very entertaining, irreverent take on how Shakespeare rose to fame. It's really quite silly but on the same hand quite consistent with its own internal logic. (Unlike say Pan or Prometheus which are both a narrative mess where characters completely flip- flop for no other reason than the writer was too thick or lazy to find another way to progress the plot)

King Phillip II of Spain is a joyously dickish main antagonist with some great one liners. Sir Francis Walsingham is just bizarre and Bill himself is charmingly gormless.

The film left me with a smile on my face and kinda wishing I got a few more of the Shakespeare references. It also has me randomly blurting out 'King Phillip the Second of Spain' on occasion.

Well done Team Horrible Histories!

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