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Thousands set to follow story as Passion Play set for Worcester for the first time

Rob George 14th Apr, 2022

THE RENOWNED Passion of Jesus will be performed in Worcester for the first time on Good Friday (April 15) as part of One Good Friday 2022.

Since its first performance in 2010, Wintershall has presented The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday, attracting more than 20,000 people to its two performances.

This year will see the Passion Play not only performed in London but also by local cast members in both Worcester and Bishop Auckland.

There will be one free performance in Worcester, presented by the Worcester Passion Play team at Cathedral Square from 10.30am to midday.

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 in the open air and has become a much-anticipated Easter fixture.

Aspiring actors for the Worcester performance have been sourced from various churches across the county in what is the third time lucky for the city after proposed performances in 2020 and 2021 were axed because of the pandemic.

The performance will feature 15ft and 14ft crosses in Cathedral Square for all to see, whether itʼs a shopper passing by or someone who has planned to be there.

Director Tim Crow said: “The Passion Play involves the community, mostly from different churches coming together to present this.

“There’s a peculiar and exciting buzz which comes from a mixture of people coming together and having fun together as well as doing something very serious that they care a lot about.”

Featuring realistic scenes and a moving crucifixion and resurrection, The Passion of Jesus is an unforgettable Easter experience. The Passionʼs Christian message embraces all denominations but is also for those of different faiths or none.

Charlotte de Klee, Wintershallʼs producer said: “Unity is at the heart of this play about Jesusʼ death and resurrection, bringing together all faiths and none to tell this historic story.

“This is a wonderful unifying project bringing together communities across the country. Thank you, Worcester, for joining us all to tell the real story of Easter to a whole new audience.”

This is an open-air event so clothing appropriate for the forecasted weather conditions should be worn.

The performance contains a realistic interpretation of the crucifixion therefore parental guidance is advised.

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