Shakespeare taking to the streets

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THE streets of Bury St Edmunds will be full of drama in May as the hugely successful Shakespeare in the Streets returns to the Bury Festival.

The experience, previously called the Sonnet Walks, was a sell-out feature of the Bury Festival over the last two years and sees groups exploring all the nooks and side-streets of the town.

As it takes in the sights and sounds, actors will surprise the group by performing Shakespeare sonnets at interesting places around the town.

This year’s event, in association with the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, is directed by Polly Ingham.

She said: “It starts at The Apex and finishes in another part of town – but I don’t want to give the game away here. “You join your group and start off with a map – that is all you are given.

“The group will be given little indication of when they may come across a sonnet character.

“Even if you have been on the Sonnet Walks before the experience will be completely different.

“You will learn about the history of Bury St Edmunds while the town acts as a set for the sonnets.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to look again at the town you live in.”

Shakespeare in the Streets begins from 12.30pm on May 19. Tickets are available for £8 from The Apex box office, online at, by calling 012384 758000 or by emailing