When? Thursday 28th – Saturday 30th March 2024

Where? Forbury Gardens

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Reading’s brand new, original, open-air Passion play will take place in Forbury Gardens in the town centre as part of the Easter Arts Festival organised by The Gate Church in Reading

The Reading Passion play will depict the key moments in the Passion of Christ and inspirational Gospel moments, performed by a cast of four professional actors. With one actor playing the part of Jesus and the other three playing multiple characters, RISE Theatre will bring their unique style to create an emotionally impacting performance.

6.00pm Passion Play, Holy Thursday 28th March 2024 (The Gate Church in Tilehurst)

1.30pm Passion Play, Good Friday 29th March 2024

2.00pm Passion Play, Easter Saturday 30th March 2024


About RISE Theatre Company

RISE Theatre began out of a simple desire to tell stories that spoke to the heart. Their name comes from Isaiah 52:2 – “Shake off your dust; rise up” and from the outset the aim has been to create drama that not only entertains but has a transformative quality for every audience member or participant – inspiring them to “shake off their dust” and “rise up”. The Reading Passion play is written, produced and directed by Stephen Newbury, supported by Charley Tidy (Artistic Directors)

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