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Surrey Passion play returns to Trafalgar Square

Date: 05 April 2022

Trafalgar Square, London will be the setting for a 90 minute depiction of the Passion of Christ this year.

One hundred Wintershall players bring their electric and moving portrayal of the final days of Jesus to this iconic location in the capital.


Starting at noon, the production is completely free of charge and regularly attracts an audience of 20,000.


“This awe-inspiring full-scale re-enactment of The Passion has became a highly anticipated Easter fixture since it was first performed in the square in 2010,” says Finola Coltman from Wintershall.


The professional actor and artist James Burke-Dunsmore will play Jesus for an 11th and final time. He is a specialist in large-scale outdoor theatre and has been involved with Wintershall’s plays since 1998.


“For more than a decade, The Passion of Jesus has brought together people from all backgrounds with its lasting message of compassion and courage,” says the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. “It has been an inspiration and source of strength to millions and its return is another great example that our capital is once again ready to host major events for Londoners and visitors from around the world.” 


Wintershall was conceived by Surrey based Peter and Ann Hutley. Back in 1989 they used their estate to stage their first Nativity plan in a barn. Since then they have transformed their stunning estate into the home of epic open-air performances about the life of Jesus. The now professional productions are built with casts of hundreds, are seen by tens of thousands.


Ann and Peter’s mission is to share the Bible story with those of all ages, of all faiths and none, through the presentation of high quality drama. The plays focus on the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. They invite their audiences to immerse themselves in the stories that shaped our world.


No tickets are required for this year’s Passion play. There are two performances on Good Friday (15 April) at 12 noon and 3:15 pm. The production is open air with visibility maximised using large screens. There is a realistic interpretation of the crucifixion, so parental guidance is advised. British sign language interpretation will also be provided.

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