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Bury St Edmunds to receive its own 'Hollywood Walk of Fame' for Theatre Royal's landmark anniversary




Bury St Edmunds is to receive its own ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ to celebrate the Theatre Royal’s 200th anniversary.

The fund-raising trail in the town centre will feature an array of household names - all of whom have performed at the third oldest theatre in the country - from Sir Ian McKellen to Dame Judi Dench and Joanna Lumley.

Sponsors are needed with businesses and individuals encouraged to choose from a list of 25 performers and, in exchange for a £500 investment, their name will appear on their chosen star as well as the trail leaflet and organisers’ websites.

Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench, Lesley Garrett, Ian Lavender, Roy Hudd and Joanna Lumley are among the performers identified for the Theatre Royal Star Trail in Bury St Edmunds.
Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench, Lesley Garrett, Ian Lavender, Roy Hudd and Joanna Lumley are among the performers identified for the Theatre Royal Star Trail in Bury St Edmunds.

The Theatre Royal, which needs to raise £170,000 a year to ensure its survival, hopes the five-month trail will generate £10,000.

Julia Read, head of development at the theatre, said: “It’s great profile raising for the businesses involved and the whole thing is about having a bit of a giggle, having some fun but also getting some serious branding for your business over a sustained period of time.”

The trail was the brainchild of Andrew Speed, chairman of Bury St Edmunds Town Council, who approached Mark Cordell, chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District, about bringing the glitz of Hollywood Boulevard to the town.

It follows the success of Bury’s Wolf and World War One trails.

It gives an opportunity to support an iconic visitor attraction - Mark Cordell

Using a map, participants will have to find all of the stars dotted on the pavements around the town between May 25 and October 27 to be in with a chance of winning one of 10 prizes.

Urging potential sponsors to sign up, Mr Cordell said: “The stars will be located in a prominent town centre place for five months, we anticipate thousands will do the trail and it gives an opportunity to support an iconic visitor attraction.”

The BID is sponsoring a star for Lesley Garrett and other names include Derek Jacobi, Maureen Lipman, Michael McIntyre, Ian Lavender and Roy Hudd.

Karen Simpson - director of Bury St Edmunds' Theatre Royal.
Karen Simpson - director of Bury St Edmunds' Theatre Royal.

The theatre’s director Karen Simpson is also on the list after she once filled in for a panto performer who was ill.

Anyone who is interested should email julia@theatreroyal.org or call 01284 829942.

Performers identified for the Star Trail:

Derek Jacobi

Joanna Lumley

Sir Michael Parkinson

Christopher Biggins

Alex Jennings

Robert Glenister

Gyles Brandreth

Nigel Havers

Roy Hudd

Maureen Lipman

Sir Ian McKellen

Michael McIntyre

Dame Harriet Walter

Dame Judi Dench

Julian Clary

Ian Lavender

Sir Timothy West

Ardal O’Hanlon

Lesley Garrett - sponsored by the BID

Rick Wakeman

Lucy Parham

Britt Lenting

Chris Clarkson

Oliver Mawdsley

Karen Simpson

Chris Clarkson as Nanny Fanny and Oliver Mawdsley as Grub in the Theatre Royal's recent panto Sleeping Beauty. Picture: Tony Kelly.
Chris Clarkson as Nanny Fanny and Oliver Mawdsley as Grub in the Theatre Royal's recent panto Sleeping Beauty. Picture: Tony Kelly.


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