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Chester Mystery Plays and Theatre in the Quarter joined with Churches Together in Chester City Centre and Link Up to produce a dramatised ‘Way of the Cross’ in the streets of Chester on Good Friday morning, 2016.
The performance started at the Eastgate Street clock with Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem and on to the Last Supper at the Cross. It then processed to the Town Hall Square for Gethsemane and the Trial, finishing at the West door of the Cathedral with the Crucifixion.
Community actors joined with the Passion chorus, drawn from Chester Mystery Plays, Theatre in Quarter, church choir and community performers and Chester schools. The performance featured Matt Baker’s extraordinary music from the last three productions of the Mystery Plays, and looks forward to the next in 2018.
Chester City Passion was a huge success, with unexpectedly large crowds on a beautiful spring day.
Our Next Major Production in 2018
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Provisional performance dates are 27 June - 14 July 2018 at Chester Cathedral
“A profoundly everyday exploration of father, scone and holy toast”
“Matt Baker’s terrific score ranges from pub singalongs to majestic chorusus”
“David Edwards dazzles as a Dean Martin-esque Gabriel”
“vividly and intelligently rewritten by Stephanie Dale”
“Matt Baker’s music unites heaven and earth”
“Francis Tucker’s Lucifer, Jonathan Sharps’s Jesus and Nicholas Fry’s God are outstanding”
“a modern miracle”
“much to enjoy - and fear”
“the most ambitious, memorable and thrilling presentations since the cycle was revived in 1951”
“Francis Tucker is just irresistible as a wickedly attractive Lucifer”
“astonishing wall of sound”
“a helter-skelter ride with distinct touches of modernity, whimsy and humour”
“not pious, not preachy, but it does pack a punch”
“magnificent and enthralling”
“a truly spellbinding performance”
“superlative piece of work”
“music.......was absolutely astounding”
“a dizzying spectacle”
“Miss it, miss out”
“Winnie Southgate as a young Mary gives a genuinely touching portrayal”
“Lucifer and Lightborne - a great double act of Machiavellian Mischief”
“plenty to enjoy”