Mystery play will be performed around Peterborough Cathedral

Mary and the Midwives by the Eastern Angles Theatre EMN-150624-221955009
Mary and the Midwives by the Eastern Angles Theatre EMN-150624-221955009
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Eastern Angles Theatre Company will be presenting a series of five outdoor performances of Mary And The Midwives at Peterborough Cathedral.

The performances will take place at the cathedral on July 4 and in the Cathedral Square on July 5 as part of the major heritage and education project currently under way at the cathedral.

Directed by Tony Casement and funded by the Heritage Lottery, the medieval mystery play will be performed by a cast of community players from the city.

Eastern Angles’ artistic director, Ivan Cutting, said: “People didn’t go home and read the Bible in those days,they came out on to the streets to watch the plays. That’s what we are trying to re-create with Mary and the Midwives.”

The free half hour performance is based on the traditional nativity story of Mary, Joseph and the birth of Christ.

Based at the Sir John Mills Theatre, in Ipswich, and at Chauffeurs Cottage, Eastern Angles have been touring professional theatre productions into the towns and villages of East Anglia since 1982.

Mary and the Midwives will be the Easten Angles’ first free outdoor theatre event.

The performances can be seen at 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm on the front lawn at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday, July 4.

On July 5, the performances will be at 12.30pm and 2.30pm at the Guildhall, Cathedral Square.

Audiences can bring picnics or buy refreshments outside the cathedral on July 4.

For more information about the heritage and education project at Peterborough Cathedral visit: www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk