Lord's Passion for Chester city centre March 2016

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undefinedThere will be an element of the Chester Mystery Plays performed in the city centre on Good Friday (25 March). It will be the Passion. This key section is coming back two years early for the full production of the plays is not scheduled to take place until 2018.

"We are delighted that the Chester Mystery Plays Company, with Matt Baker as artistic director, is taking the lead in producing this event," said Chester Cathedral's Canon Precentor, Jeremy Dussek. "It will be an act of worship, bringing the story of Christ’s Passion to the people of Chester through music, singing and spoken drama – everything that Matt does so well.”

The performance will start at the Eastgate Clock (an ancient Chester landmark) at 10.30am with Jesus' entry to Jerusalem and the Last Supper. It will then process to the Town Hall Square for Gethsemane and the Trial, finishing at the West door of the Cathedral with the Crucifixion. It will feature Matt Baker's music from the last three productions of the Mystery Plays. Chester's own Roman soldiers, led by Centurion Paul Hartson, will take part.

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NOTE: The next full production of Chester Mystery Plays will be in the nave of Chester Cathedral from 27 June to 14 July, 2018.

Pictured – a scene from a previous Passion section of the Chester Mystery Plays