Passion play returns to Bedford streets after 30 years

The Passion Play returns to Bedford for the first time in 30 years with a cast of nearly 100 taking to the streets.
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Bedford Passion Play

A live theatre performance on Saturday, March 26 will recreate The Passion Play or Easter pageant through a new script to retell the story of Jesus’ trials, crucifixion and resurrection.

The play starts at 10.30am in Church Square and will proceed to Harpur Street and up Silver Street. It will then make its way along the High Street, up Castle Lane and into the Castle Quarter, finishing at about 12.30pm.

The role of Jesus is being played by actor James McNaughton who said: “I was delighted to be cast in the role of Jesus. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a role which rightly, carries with it, a significant level of expectation and reverence.”

Director Cally Lawrence of No Loss Productions said: “This is unlike any other project I have worked on in my 20 years in theatre. I am so excited to be working with such a wide range of people in my home town, I think the event is going to be very special because it is driven by the Bedford community and what they bring to the work.”

The play also has a whole team of volunteers behind the scenes, making it a huge undertaking for organisers. Visit

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