On Good Friday, Friday 25th March, the renowned Wintershall Players return to London with their full-scale re-enactment of The Passion of Jesus, performed for free in the shadow of the National Gallery.
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 by a cast of over a hundred, all in resplendent costumes, along with horses, doves and donkeys. Featuring realistic scenes and a heart moving crucifixion and resurrection, The Passion of Jesus is an unforgettable experience.
The Passion of Jesus has grown since the players first came to Trafalgar Square in 2010. Since then it has become a highly anticipated fixture of Holy Week, attracting more than 20,000 people to its two performances. As well as Trafalgar Square, the Wintershall Players will perform The Passion in Guildford on Easter Saturday.
“As Londoners across the capital and beyond celebrate Easter I am delighted that The Passion of Jesus is returning to Trafalgar Square. It is a wonderful event that brings to life the Christian message and attracts people of all faiths right in the heart of our great city.” The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson
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.
The Passion’s Christian message embraces all denominations and this is highlighted by the active and continued involvement of the ecumenical Christian charity, Bible Society, as well as two of the country’s principal Church leaders, The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster and the Bishop of London.
The Wintershall Players will be performing the Life of Christ at the Wintershall Estate in Surrey from the 21-26 June and the Wintershall Nativity from the 14-18 December.
The Passion of Jesus, Trafalgar Square
Date: Friday 25th March 2016
Times: 12 noon & 3.15 pm
Tickets: Free admission
Please note: This is an open air event so clothing appropriate for the forecasted weather conditions should be worn. This performance contains a realistic interpretation of the crucifixion. Parental guidance is advised.
Big screens are used so wherever you are you can see and hear the acting.
BSL interpreters will be available for both London performances.
The Wintershall Estate, in the heart of the Surrey countryside, is privately owned and comprises park land and a farm. Peter and Ann Hutley have lived at Wintershall for nearly 50 years and under their stewardship, the estate has expanded into a haven for wildlife, mature woodland and farmland. It is also the home of the theatrical productions of The Life of Christ and The Wintershall Nativity. www.wintershall-estate.com