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London: Passion Easter performance set for Trafalgar Square

Wintershall Players bring their full-scale portrayal of The Passion of Jesus to the heart of London on Good Friday (14 April) this year …

Wintershall Players bring their full-scale portrayal of The Passion of Jesus to the heart of London on Good Friday (14 April) this year …

The re-enactment will take place in Trafalgar Square, performed for free in the shadow of the National Gallery.

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 more than 100, all in resplendent costumes, along with horses, doves and donkeys.

Featuring realistic scenes and a powerful crucifixion and resurrection, The Passion of Jesus is an unforgettable Easter experience.
The Passion of Jesus has grown since the players first came to Trafalgar Square in 2010. Since then it has become a highly anticipated fixture of Holy Week, attracting more than 20,000 people to its two performances. As well as Trafalgar Square, the Wintershall Players will perform The Passion in Guildford on Easter Saturday.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The Passion of Jesus offers an opportunity for Londoners to see the events of Good Friday re-enacted in one of our city’s most iconic locations. Attracting an audience of thousands, of all faiths and no organised faith, the Passion of Jesus provides a unique insight into Holy Week and demonstrates that London is open to people of all religions and backgrounds.”
Charlotte de Klee, producer of The Passion said: “It is a play that through its drama speaks not only to those of the Christian faith, but to those of other faiths and traditions and those that have no personal beliefs. Over the years the vast audiences the play has attracted stand as testimony to that fact. That it takes place in a world-famous space at the heart of the capital speaks much for the tolerance and diversity that is found in London.”

Directed by theatre producer and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Guildford School of Acting, Ashley Herman, and starring the actor and artist James Burke-Dunsmore as Jesus, the rest of the company is made up of volunteer actors and stage crew from in and around London and the South East. 

The Passion’s Christian message embraces all denominations and this is highlighted by the active and continued involvement 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 be also be performing the extraordinary five-hour Life of Christ at the Wintershall Estate in Surrey from 20-24 June and the now-famous Wintershall Nativity in December.

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