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PICTURES: David Copperfield film prepares to shoot scenes in Bury St Edmunds today

Preparations to film scenes for 'The Personal History of David Copperfield' (2832474)
Preparations to film scenes for 'The Personal History of David Copperfield' (2832474)

Bury St Edmunds' Angel Hill is a hive of activity this morning with preparations in full swing to shoot scenes for a star-studded film.

'The Personal History of David Copperfield' is due to film in and around Angel Hill, Athenaeum Lane and Chequers Square today as well as inside the Theatre Royal tomorrow and Thursday.

The new adaptation of Charles 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.

There will be 180 cast and crew for the shoot.

Vintage carts and carriages could be seen on Angel Hill this morning as well as costumed characters in the Athenaeum with various props to reflect the film's mid 1800s setting.

In a letter to residents, Philippa Sutcliffe, assistant location manager, said there will be a road closure along Angel Hill, from Northgate Street, and Crown Street, from Churchgate to Honey Hill, today 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."