Excitement mounts as the Bury St Edmunds Festival countdown begins

STREET THEATRE: Tanzanian acrobat troupe the Black Eagles performed in the Abbey Gardens for the 2015 festival
STREET THEATRE: Tanzanian acrobat troupe the Black Eagles performed in the Abbey Gardens for the 2015 festival
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The 2016 Bury St Edmunds Festival kicks off on Friday and bumper tickets sales are heralding 10 days of great music, theatre, film and family-friendly fun.

High profile performers like Nigel Kennedy, Nathan Carter and The Sons of Pitches have already sold out, but with more than 60 events on offer there is still time to book tickets.

Festival Manager Nick Wells said: “The festival box office has been exceptionally busy this year and it’s great that our reputation for top performers along with home-grown talent is attracting audiences from across the region.

“It’s always hectic preparing for the festival opening and making sure everything is in place, but I am looking forward to attending as many events as I can, and meeting lots of new and regular festival followers.”

A couple of last minute programme changes will see actor Gerald Kyd, of TV’s Casualty and Silent Witness, take the lead in Breaking the Rules and in prize-winning pianist HeeJae Kim’s lunchtime recital Liszt’s Fantasy & Fugue will replace Debussy’s Estampes on the Theme BACH.

The festival runs from May 20-29. For full listings or to book tickets, call 01284 758000, go to www.buryfestival.co.uk or visit The Apex, in Charter Square, Bury.