Dates for your diary: Trafalgar Square in central London will once again be transformed into the Jerusalem of two millenniums ago, on Good Friday, 10 April, when the 100-strong cast of Wintershall Players, accompanied by a number of animals, re-enact 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. BSL interpreters will also be available. More than 20,000 people are expected to come and watch each play.
On Easter Saturday, the play will be performed on the streets of Guildford at 12noon and 2.30pm. (Further performances are planned in nine cities around the UK - see more details below).
Rehearsals have already begun, but if you are free and would like to get more involved in the plays, as a volunteer in Trafalgar Square or Guildford, please email [email protected] for more information.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has blessed the play. Commenting when production first came to London in 2010, 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."
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "Every spring for the past 10 years, 'The Passion of Jesus' has brought the Easter story to life in Trafalgar Square, sharing its message of hope with Londoners and visitors from around the world. Thousands of people from every faith, background and walk of life have witnessed this re-telling of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection and I am proud that this year, for the first time, this treasured London play will be brought to even more people in locations across the country."
If you can't make it to the Passion play in London or Guildford - there will be a further nine Passion plays performed through the UK as part of Wintershall's 'One Good Friday' project in Bath, Bishop Auckland, Burton on Trent, Hamilton, Horsham, Liverpool, Newbury, Spelthorne and Worcester. Go to: www.onegoodfriday.com/ to be a part of the audience, cast or back stage team.
For more information about the Wintershall Estate see: www.wintershall.org.uk/
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