The cast of the successful 2013 production of the Chester Mystery Plays wowed audiences in Liverpool with an abridged version of the medieval plays.

The Second Coming was presented at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12, four months after the curtain came down on the final night of a two-week run at Chester Cathedral in June and July.

The script, by Stephanie Dale, was reworked for the Liverpool production, which included cast changes.

The community actors, who have devoted more than six months of their lives to rehearsals and performances, were given a standing ovation on both nights.

 

Director Peter Leslie Wild said: "Bringing everyone back together for the Liverpool performances was a huge challenge, and one that the acting company and technicians rose to brilliantly. We had a lot of recasting to do and people coped amazingly well.

“The Well at Liverpool Cathedral is, of course, very different to Chester, so the production had to be completely reworked, but it looked and sounded fantastic.

“I was very proud of every single member of the company - Chester is very lucky to have such wonderful plays and community actors committed to seeing them performed.

In a letter to the cast of volunteer performers chairman of the Chester Mystery Plays Jo Sykes wrote: "What a triumph Liverpool was!

“As you may all have noticed, I watched every second of that final performance of the 2013 cycle of the Chester Mystery Plays in complete admiration for the way you transferred yourselves to the new environment and gave such an amazing performance.

“You had to contend with the great space of Liverpool Cathedral, new actors and an abridged script, all of which you absorbed with the confidence and ease of seasoned performers! Our guests were deeply impressed.

“Without a doubt this production has been the most all round successfully presented Cycle of the Plays since the modern revival”