Passion Play
A spectacular and dramatic outdoor performance portraying the betrayal, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Produced by
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  • “It was absolutely brilliant. I was enthralled from the opening scene. The play was put together with imagination and expert craftsmanship. But above all, it was completely authentic, capturing the spirit and ethos of the Gospel accounts perfectly.”

    Kevin Roy
  • “I saw the Play this afternoon and it was wonderful, very moving. A very big thank you to everyone. A wonderful event for Carlisle.”

    Helen Hinvest
  • “With Christian faith—or without—there are powerful, positive messages here, if we choose to hear them.”

    Paul Batey
  • “Wonderful retelling of the story. Loved the music and an excellent choice of hymns and chant woven throughout.”

    David Newlove
  • “Fantastic production—seamlessly delivered—well done for all your hard work, creativity and determination to produce something different for your community. Really enjoyed it and very moving.”

    John Rush

Saturday 13th April

There were two amazing performances of this brand new play, at 11am and 2pm. There was comfortable seating, friendly faces, refreshments, children's activities and glorious sunshine!

Yep, the weather was glorious! What were the chances? Around here, it was as likely to snow.

Huge thanks to the 700+ (official estimates!) people who came. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed producing it. A true privilege.

Heart-felt thanks to everyone who made this very special event possible.

Rev'd Isaac Lawrence

Reverend Isaac Lawrence
"I felt a calling, the need to bring a brand new Passion Play to the great city of Carlisle, for everyone to enjoy and experience the glorious sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us all."
Isaac is Vicar of Scotby, Cotehill and Cumwhinton.
The play was produced by Classic Theatre Cumbria, and directed by John Davies. Founded in 2014 by John Davies MA, ALAM and Irene Roberts-Green, Classic Theatre Cumbria is dedicated to staging plays in the classical repertoire in support of local charities and, preferably, in interesting venues. John has crafted a bold new vision of this familiar tale and the experienced cast brought their all to the perfomance.

John Davies

John Davies
"It is a great privilege to have been asked to create Carlisle’s first ever Passion Play. I hope you enjoyed it—and I use that word aware of all its shades of meaning."
John is Artistic Director of Classic Theatre Cumbria and wrote—and directed—the play. John is an accomplished classical guitarist and enjoys correcting others' grammar.

Irene Roberts-Green

"Everybody has worked so hard to put this performance on. I'm so proud of the commitment and effort the cast and crew has shown. Thank you—it was—you all were—amazing!"
Irene manages Classic Theatre Cumbria with an iron will and velvet fist.
Irene Roberts-Green

Special thanks...

... to everyone who volunteered – we couldn't have done it without you.
Thank you, Jim Messenger, Craig Flebu-Swainson, Taize Choir, Philip Gruar and Elizabeth Dodd, Susan Jordan, The Venerable Richard Pratt, Mary Beresford-Jones, Denise Poole, Nina Douglas, Guy Broom, Graeme Skinner, Roger Bird, Salvation Army Band, Salvation Army Songsters, volunteer Chorus and all the people, churches and organisations who helped fund the project.
Forgive us if we've missed anyone. We're still post-performance, so to speak!


This day may be over, but we're only just at the beginning.
We have plans to produce regular theatrical performances based on Old and New Testaments—profound stories that resonate to this very day.
Can you help us raise funds for our ongoing mission? A donation of any size is very helpful.
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