Love and spies in new film on Shakespeare to be filmed in Bradford

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A new big-screen comedy about Shakespeare is to be filmed partly in Bradford.

Called Bill, the film is the latest investment from Screen Yorkshire and is set to be released in cinemas in February 2015.

Most of the filming is on location at York Minster.

Filming will also take place at a number of other locations in Yorkshire, including areas of the Bradford district, for five weeks following investment from Screen Yorkshire through its Yorkshire Content Fund.

Bill is a take on 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 I.

Bill follows TV dramas such as Peaky Blinders, The Great Train Robbery and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, all shot in the district, which have received funding from Screen Yorkshire’s Content Fund.

Sally Joynson, chief executive at Screen Yorkshire, said: “It’s a fabulous project – a cracking story from an award-winning team and with a great cast.

“It will showcase some of Yorkshire’s fantastic period locations.”

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