Star studded David Copperfield film to shoot scenes in Bury St Edmunds this week
Scenes for a star studded film based on Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield are to be shot in Bury St Edmunds this week.
'The Personal History of David Copperfield' is due to film in and around Angel Hill, Athenaeum Lane and Chequers Square tomorrow (July 3) as well as inside the Theatre Royal on Wednesday and Thursday.
The new adaptation of Dickens' semi-autobiographical novel is directed by Armando Iannucci and stars Dev Patel as Copperfield as well as Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi and Ben Wishaw.
The film is set in the mid-1800s and props have been seen arriving on Angel Hill today including vintage carts and carriages.
There will be 180 cast and crew.
In a letter to residents, Philippa Sutcliffe, assistant location manager, saidthere will be a road closure along Angel Hill, from Northgate Street, and Crown Street, from Churchgate to Honey Hill, tomorrow from 9.30am to 7pm.
She added: "We sincerely apologise for any disruption that our filming might cause.
"We will do the utmost to ensure that your day-to-day business remains as unaffected as possible.
"We appreciate that we are very privileged to film in Bury St Edmunds, and we do not take for granted the support we are shown from residents and business owners, for which we are hugely grateful."
Dickens stayed at The Angel, on Angel Hill, in 1859 and 1861 in room 15, which is now room 215.
He mentioned The Angel in The Pickwick Papers.
Cllr John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “Bury St Edmunds has a lovely historic charm.
"Residents in and around the town are proud of its wonderful heritage which in turn helps attract huge numbers of visitors each year.
"So while I am delighted, I am not surprised that Bury St Edmunds has been selected as the backdrop for some of the scenes in this film which I am very much looking forward to seeing.
"Location filming such as this is worth an estimated £2 million per year to the Suffolk economy and we would like to thank our local residents and businesses in advance for putting up with the few days of disruption that this may cause."
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