The Passion Play returns to Bedford

Published on 09 March 2016

A Man Amongst Men


Saturday 26th March will see the Passion Play return to Bedford for the first time in 30 years.

With a cast already nearing 100, this will be an event not seen in Bedford for a generation.  

A live theatre performance will recreate The Passion Play or Easter pageant. A new script has been written which will retell the story of Jesus' trials, crucifixion and resurrection in a fresh and direct way.

The play which starts at 10.30 in Church Square will proceed to Harpur Street and up Silver Street.  It will then make its way along the High Street, up Castle Lane and into the Castle Quarter, finishing at approx 12.30.

The role of Jesus is being played by Actor James McNaughton who said, ' I was delighted to be cast in the role of Jesus. This is a, once in a lifetime, opportunity and a role which rightly, carries with it, a significant level of expectation and reverence.'

Director Cally Lawrence of No Loss Productions said, 'This is unlike any other project I have worked on in my 20 years in theatre. I am so excited to be working with such a wide range of people in my home town, I think the event is going to be very special because it is driven by the Bedford community and what they bring to the work.'

The play, not only has a large cast, but a whole team of volunteers behind the scenes, making it a huge undertaking for the organisers.

As the play works its way through the modern streets of Bedford, it will bring the story of Jesus to life in the 21st century.


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