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The Shrewsbury Passion

The Shrewsbury Passion


The Shrewsbury Passion Play, brought to you by Shrewsbury Mysteries Play limited - We are inviting you to join us as we present a depiction of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

Starting within the grounds of Shrewsbury Castle, in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, the controversial Jesus--who has performed 'miracles' and has publicly announced that he is 'the Son of God'--is arrested and taken back within the city walls of Jerusalem.

We then move to the top of Pride Hill where Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate, the prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, for his sentencing. Pilate listens to the accusations levelled at Jesus by the Pharisees. Realizing that his own decision will cause him to become embroiled in a political conflict, Pilate defers to King Herod in deciding the matter of how to prosecute Jesus. However, Herod returns Jesus to Pilate who, in turn, gives the crowd a choice between which prisoner they would rather see set free--Jesus, or Barabbas. The crowd chooses Barabbas. Thus Jesus is handed over to the Roman soldiers and is brutally flagellated. Bloody and unrecognizable, he is brought back before Pilate who, once again, presents him to the bloodthirsty crowd--assuming they will see that Jesus has been punished enough. The crowd, however, is not satisfied. Thus, Pilate washes his hands of the entire dilemma, ordering his men to do as the crowd wishes.

Jesus is then presented with the cross and is ordered to carry it through the streets of Jerusalem, all the way up to Golgotha.

Reaching The Square, the play will reach its climax where a badly beaten Jesus is secured to the cross and people watch his final moments. They are horrified at what they are witnessing but unable to do anything as he slowly dies, little knowing that there is a good ending to the story two days later on Easter Day. 

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