After a week transforming Norwich Cathedral’s cloister into a setting for 17th century drama Tulip Fever, filming was last night set to begin.

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Filming a great boost

Melanie Cook, senior PR and digital marketing executive for VisitNorwich, said there were great benefits to Norwich appearing on the big screen.

She said: “VisitNorwich earlier this year

joined forces with VisitEngland and Creative England to promote

Norwich as an attractive proposition for filming on-location. VisitNorwich produced a comprehensive pack of the city to be used by Creative England for future film and TV makers. 800 productions in

England were shot on location outside of London last year worth an average annual on-location spend of £62m.

Winning small and big screen business for the city not only showcases what an exceptional choice of backdrops, buildings and architecture Norwich offers, as well as how adaptable it is, it also creates investment into our regional economy for jobs as well as providing local businesses such as hotels, catering and equipment hire services a boost.”

An array of trees and greenery have been brought into the historic site to conjure up a backdrop for the film which tells the story of a married woman who begins a passionate affair with an artist hired to paint her portrait.

And as filming was due to begin last night some final additions to the set were brought into the cloister – two cows, some geese and some pigs.

Set in 17th century Amsterdam, Tulip Fever is based on the novel by Deborah Moggach, who also penned the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

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The book has been adapted for cinema by Tom Stoppard and the film features an impressive cast including Dame Judi Dench (Philomena), Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), Dane DeHaan (Chronicle), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Holliday Grainger (Bonnie and Clyde), Jack O’Connell (300: Rise of an Empire), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Matthew Morrison (Glee), Tom Hollander (Rev.), Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina) and Cressida Bonas.

Justin Chadwick, the film’s director, previously directed The Other Boleyn Girl and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Ruby Films’ Alison Owen (Saving Mr Banks) is producing the project with Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, and Bob Weinstein is executive producing.

The Tulip Fever film company is expected to be at Norwich Cathedral until June 25, and filming for Tulip Fever is also taking place at locations in Suffolk, Essex, Kent and at Pinewood Studios.

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