Here’s how you can be in a movie in Norwich - alongside John Hurt and other stars

Norwich Theatre Royal. Photo: Bill Smith Norwich Theatre Royal. Photo: Bill Smith

Abi Simpson newsdesk@archant.co.uk
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
11:44 AM

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The Theatre Royal in Norwich will tonight be the backdrop for scenes in Chick Lit, the latest film to be shot in and around the city.

And people attending Thriller Live have the chance to be in the background, lining the route for the film’s ‘red carpet’ scene.

The offer is likely to be tempting for many. But those who are camera shy have been offered an escape, with the theatre allowing people to enter either through the exit door which will be opened on to Theatre Street, or through the back of the theatre from Chantry Road.

The front of the theatre and the foyer will be transformed into a cinema entrance for the filming of Chick Lit, which is about a group of men who write a Fifty Shades of Grey-style erotic novel to save their beloved local pub, the Hunny Bell.

Tony Britten, who came up with the idea for the film, has said: “It’s all about the notion of what would happen if a group of people wrote a book. It also ties in with this whole phenomenon of erotic literature and how it has grown from books like Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Stars in the film are thought to include John Hurt, Dame Eileen Atkins and Caroline Catz. The film is planned for release next year.

Those wanting to be a part of the proceedings are invited to line the red carpet between 6:45pm and 7:10pm.

Other scenes from Chick Lit are being filmed at various locations in the area, including Gresham’s School at Holt, Blakeney, Morston, the Muckleburgh Collection, and the Epic film studios in Norwich, as well as a couple of days in London.

This is the third film to be shooting scenes in and around Norwich in the past few weeks.

Robert Downey Jr was in Norwich recently at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, filming scenes for the new Avengers Film.

Dame Judi Dench and Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) were also confirmed to be in Norwich for the last day of filming for Tulip Fever at Norwich Cathedral.

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