Shakespeare’s ‘Lost Years’ revealed in ‘Bill’ movie

If Monty Python’s Flying Circus collaborated with William  Shakespeare the result would be “Bill,” a movie showing one-night only on April 11 in selected theaters around the country and sponsored by Fathom Events.

 Expect a lot of Shakespeare stuff to pop up this year with the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23. This film takes place during the so-called “Lost Years.” The second block of lost years, that is.

We know very little about Shakespeare’s life during two major spans of time:
— 1578-82,  the time after Shakespeare left grammar school and before he married Anne Hathaway in November 1582
— 1585-92, the time experts believe he was perfecting his dramatic skills and collecting sources for the plots of his plays.

Fathom  says “This hilarious production takes the famous playwright’s mysterious lost years and turns them into an epic escapade full of swashbuckling, conspiracy and comedy.”

Fathom Events is my new favorite company due to its eclectic taste in subject matter, including The Met Live in HD, a GI Film Festival on April 7, an Art and Architecture series, and TCM’s “On the Waterfront” April 24 and 27.  “Bill” is presented with the BBC Worldwide.

 Bill Shakespeare

Here’s what you need to know about “Bill”

When: 7 p.m. Monday, April 11

Run Time: 1 hour 49 minutes (approximate)

Ticketing: Tickets are available by clicking here. If online ticketing is not available for your location, you can purchase your tickets by visiting the box office at your local participating movie theater.

Special Fathom Features

Learn how Bill became Shakespeare with a special introduction and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of with cast and crew members.

Before he was Shakespeare he was… Bill. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, “Bill” tells the tale of how hapless lute player Bill Shakespeare leaves home to follow his dream. When his bandmates kick him out of their group, Bill leaves his wife and kids behind to seek fame and fortune in the big city of London. He’s written a great work for the stage and he’s certain he’ll prove all his doubters wrong. Little does he know, however, his play is merely a guise for King Phillip II of Spain to try to steal the throne of his mortal enemy, Queen Elizabeth I! Laughter abounds in this offbeat  farce.