On Good Friday, 19 April, the renowned Wintershall Players return to the heart of London with their awe-inspiring full-scale re-enactment of The Passion of Jesus, performed for free in the shadow of the National Gallery. Supported by the Mayor of London, the open-air production was first produced in London in 2010 and The Passion has now become a highly anticipated Easter fixture.
The story commemorating the day Jesus is believed to have been arrested, tried and crucified by the Romans, two days before miraculously rising from the dead on Easter Sunday, is brought to life by a cast of over a hundred, all in resplendent costumes, along with horses, doves and a donkey.
Featuring realistic scenes and a moving crucifixion and resurrection, The Passion of Jesus is an unforgettable Easter experience.
The Passion of Jesus now attracts more than 20,000 people to its two London performances. As well as Trafalgar Square, the Wintershall Players will perform The Passion in Guildford on Easter Saturday.
The Passion is written by Peter Hutley, directed by Ashley Herman, and produced by Charlotte de Klee. The actor and artist James Burke-Dunsmore will once again take the role of Jesus. The rest of the company is made up of volunteer actors and stage crew from in and around London and the South East.
There are two performances of The Passion of Jesus on Trafalgar Square on Friday 19 April 2019 - at 12 noon and 3.15pm. Admission is free.
Those who can't make it to London for the performances will be able to watch The Passion live as both performances will be shown via a Facebook Live Stream - www.facebook.com/Wintershallplay.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "The Passion of Jesus has captivated Londoners and visitors to the capital for nearly a decade by bringing the story of Easter to life in Trafalgar Square. With thousands gathering on Good Friday to witness the telling of the trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, The Passion of Jesus is a perfect example of how London is open to people from every religion, background and belief."
The Passion's Christian message embraces all denominations, and this is highlighted by the active and continued support of the Bible Society, as well as two of the country's principal Church leaders, The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster and the Bishop of London.
The Wintershall Players will also perform the extraordinary Life of Christ at the Wintershall Estate in Surrey from 18-22 June and the now-famous Wintershall Nativity from 18-22 December.
Notes: This is an open-air event so clothing appropriate for the forecasted weather conditions should be worn. This performance contains a realistic interpretation of the crucifixion. Parental guidance is advised.
A big screen is used so wherever you are you can see and hear the acting. BSL interpreters will be available for both London performances.
* On Easter Saturday the Wintershall cast of players and animals takes to the High Street in Guildford, in their home county of Surrey. The play begins at the Guildhall on the High Street at 12 noon and again at 2.30 pm. The free 90-minute performances take place amongst shoppers in the home town of many of the cast and crew. Guildford High Street is transformed into the stage for one of the greatest stories ever told.
The Wintershall Estate, in the heart of the Surrey countryside, is privately owned and comprises park land and a farm. Peter and Ann Hutley have lived at Wintershall for nearly 50 years and under their stewardship, the estate has expanded into a haven for wildlife, mature woodland and farmland. It is also the home of the theatrical productions of The Life of Christ and The Wintershall Nativity.
The Wintershall production The Life of Christ was written and adapted from the bible by Peter Hutley to mark the Millennium. Staged as a one-off production in 1999, it has been performed every year since. Production of the great Wintershall religious plays performed in Surrey and London has been passed to the next generation of the Hutley family, ensuring that the tradition stays alive. Now 92 years old, he has passed the baton to his daughter Charlotte.
In 2004, Peter received an MBE for services to the community, and was appointed a Knight of the Order of Saint Gregory, while his wife Ann was made a Dame. In 2012 Peter was awarded an OBE for services to Christian understanding.
For more information see: www.wintershall.org.uk
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