For the sixth year in a row, Trafalgar Square in central London will be transformed into the Jerusalem of two millenniums ago, on Good Friday, when the 80-strong cast of the Wintershall Players perform the Passion of Christ at 12 noon and 3.15pm.
The epic performances will be relayed to massive screens and high quality sound systems will carry the actors' words around the Square. More than 20,000 people are expected to come and watch each play.
Last year Cardinal Vincent Nichols blessed the production. Commenting when the production first came to London, the Cardinal said: "I am delighted that people from so many Christian denominations will be coming together to remind Londoners why the bank holiday of Good Friday is observed. The Wintershall plays have, for many years, brought the scriptures alive to many thousands of people. The production of the Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square will build on that and bring the true meaning of Easter to many more in the centre of London."
Scriptwriter and director Peter Hutley MBE said: "The support we are receiving from so many churches demonstrates the unity of the denominations in the birth, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus. I hope the play will bring faith in Christ to those who don't know about him, remind those who do, and develop faith as the greatest gift that mankind can have."
For more information and a film of last year's play, see: www.wintershall-estate.com/events/the-passion-of-jesus/
There will also be Passion Plays in Guildford and Staines on Easter Saturday. Check ICN listings and news for more details
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