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See Wintershall’s Passion of Jesus in London or Guildford This Easter

Published on: 27 Mar, 2013
Updated on: 30 Mar, 2013

On Good Friday the Surrey-based Wintershall Players will assemble with a cast of more than 100, along with horses, doves and donkeys, to convey the tension and drama of The Passion of Jesus to an enthralled crowd gathered under Nelson’s Column in London’s Trafalgar Square.

Jesus on the cross at Wintershall's performance in Guildford High Street last Easter, 2012.

Jesus on the cross at Wintershall’s performance in Guildford High Street last Easter, 2012.

But if you can’t get to London, it will be performed in Guildford High Street the following day (March 30), at noon and at 2.30pm.

Directed by theatre producer and chairman 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 eager and committed volunteers from in and around London and the South East.

Their Christian message embraces all denominations and in London this will be highlighted by the active and continued involvement of two of the country’s principal church leaders, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster and the Bishop of London.

The owner of Wintershall, producer and script writer Peter Hutley said: “The two performances of Jesus’ Passion in the centre of London, in such an historical venue, free to thousands of the general public has become a marvellous achievement for the volunteer cast, director and all their back up supporters.

“It brings Jesus to the hearts of the enormous crowds on a very special day. They discover the real reason for Good Friday and that it is not just another bank holiday.”

For over 20 years the Wintershall Players have each year performed the famous passion plays to tens of thousands of people. The highlight each summer is the Life of Christ, a five hour open play next to be performed from  June 25 to 30 and its now famous Wintershall Nativity, that takes place in December.

More details on Wintershall’s website, click here. The London performance will be streamed live on this website on Good Friday.



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