BBC’s Horrible Histories team in York to film William Shakespeare movie, Bill

BBC’s Horrible Histories team in York to film Shakespeare movie

Filming of Bill, the first feature film created by the BBC’s Horrible Histories children’s team

Filming of Bill, the first feature film created by the BBC’s Horrible Histories children’s team

Filming of Bill, the first feature film created by the BBC’s Horrible Histories children’s team

Crowds watch the filming of Bill at the old St Leonard’s Hospital in York

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THERE was much ado about something in York yesterday, as scenes for a new film about William Shakespeare’s life were filmed in the city.

Bill is a comedy from the makers of Horrible Histories. It has been described as a “Pythonesque” comedy about what happened during the Bard’s “lost years”, involving “a tale of murderous kings” and a plot to blow up Queen Elizabeth.

Script writers Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond described the film as a comedy adventure for all the family.

As well as York, filming locations have included Bridlington, Skipton Castle and Selby Abbey. The abbey will be closed from tomorrow until Saturday, March 1, while filming takes place there.

Weekday services in Selby will be relocated to the Hawden Institute and Sunday services will be held in the Quire.

A section of Back Micklegate car park will also be cordoned off from the public until March, for use by the production’s vehicles, with 75 to 100 crew members expected in the town.

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