Celebrate Easter with the Lewes Passion Play

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A retelling of the Easter story involving 20 churches of all denominations from Lewes and surrounding villages will be staged.

The Passion Play will recount the events of Holy Week, told in real time, at venues throughout Lewes.

The story begins with Jesus leading the procession into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (March 29) and continues on Thursday (April 2) with the Last Supper and Jesus’ betrayal, followed on Friday by his arrest, trial and crucifixion.

The story concludes on Easter Sunday (April 5) with the Resurrection.

There is still time to become involved in this production backstage. If you would like to help email towardslewes2015@gmail.com; text 07926486567 or visit www.lewespassionplay.org.uk.

•The Palm Sunday procession leaves St Anne’s Church in the High Street at 2pm and continues through the town to Cliffe Precinct and on to Harvey’s Yard

•The Last Supper on Thursday takes place at 8pm in the Priory Ruins.

•The Trial on Good Friday in Cliffe Precinct begins at 1pm and is followed by the procession to the Mount for the Crucifixion at 2.15pm.

•The Resurrection will be in the Priory Ruins on Easter Sunday at 3pm.

Passion Plays have been performed for hundreds of years throughout the world and tell the story of Easter.

The church said that the Gospel on Good Friday should be sung in parts by various people.

Later on the Passion Play developed, first in Latin, then in vernacular languages, until the popular religious plays developed in the 15th century.