Passion Play to begin in Lewes this weekend

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As Easter approaches preparations are underway for the Lewes Passion play.

Volunteers from around 20 churches in Lewes and surrounding villages have been hard at work on the play which will see performances take place around the town.

And there are plenty of opportunities to watch some of the performances which begin this weekend on Palm Sunday and conclude on Easter Sunday.

The Lewes Passion Play will begin on Palm Sunday (March 29) with a reenactment of Jesus arriving into Jerusalem.

The action will play out from St Anne’s Church in the High Street at 2pm, while a crowd gathers in Cliffe Precinct waiting for Jesus.

At 2.30pm Jesus will heal a blind man in the Cliffe Precinct and at 2.45pm more miracles will unfold as he enters the Temple Courtyard, or in this instance Harveys Yard.

The Passion Play will get underway again on Maundy Thursday (April 2) at Lewes Priory Ruins from 8pm to 9.15pm where the last supper, betrayal and arrest will take place.

In case of wet weather it will be held in Southover Church.

And on Good Friday (April 3) spectators will be able to watch the trial and verdict in Cliffe Precinct at 1pm to 1.30pm, followed by the procession to the Mount where between 2.15pm and 2.45pm the crucifixion will be held.

The resurrection will get underway on Easter Sunday (April 5) at Lewes Priory Ruins from 3pm to 4pm.

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