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This passion play is no longer being performed. If you would like to start a new play in your town or city, please contact the Passion Trust for help, advice and funding.

The last Passion Play in  Houghton-le-Spring took place on Good Friday in 2015.


The play, which is set in modern times in a CNN news reporting style using music composed by parishioner Stuart Clappison, is set to be performed for the second time in the open air.

The audience will become the crowd as the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial and execution is brought to life by local actors who will weave through the cemetery depicting the Stations of the Cross.

The Rector of Houghton, Revd Canon Sue Pinnington said: “This is the eleventh time this play has been performed in Houghton but just the second time we have used the Hillside Cemetery.