01 April 2021, The Tablet

Keeping the Passion play alive

Keeping the Passion play alive

The Wintershall Players’ 2019 production of the Passion of Jesus, streamed online this year
Photo: Keith Larby/Alamy


The histories of 2020-21 will be defined by something that happened – the coronavirus pandemic – but also by everything that, as a consequence, couldn’t be done: public celebrations, sporting events, worship, culture and – a combination of the last two elements – Easter performances of Passion and Mystery plays.

Last April, during the early weeks of the first lockdown, was the first in living memory in which no live-action dramatisation of the events from Christ’s entry into Jerusalem to his Resurrection had been staged anywhere in the UK. The Wintershall Players, a group from Surrey that regularly brings its 100-­performer The Passion of Jesus to London’s Trafalgar Square on Good Friday (attracting crowds of 20,000), had to cancel its 2020 production.

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