The performance of the city centre Passion Play will take place on Good Friday, March 25.
The 90 strong community cast and chorus will be joined by Karamba Samba, soldiers from Roman Tours and children from Chester Bluecoat, St Clare’s and St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s primary schools.
Chairman Jo Sykes said: “We had our last main production in July 2013 and then mounted an abridged version at Liverpool Cathedral in October 2013.
“In effect, this is our third production in three years!”
See the gallery from 2013:
The central role of Jesus, played by Jonathan Sharps in the Chester production in 2013 and Cassian Wheeler in Liverpool 2013 will be played by Nick Sherratt.
Nick is a youth worker at Northgate Church, and schools worker for Chester Schools Christian Work, working with children and young people across Chester, teaching, supporting and engaging with them on a range of issues.
Nick last appeared in the Chester Mystery Plays in 2003 when he was a teenager.
He said: “I really wanted to come back and be a part of the Mystery Plays again, and when I heard there would be an Easter Passion I couldn’t resist. It’s brilliant that there will be a theatre performance for Easter as well as the more traditional services.
“As a Christian I know the story well from reading the Gospels, but being immersed in it as a performer I can see it from a different perspective. The relationship between Jesus and his mother, Mary, brings a more tangible realism to the Passion in a way I hadn’t appreciated before. It’s hard to show Jesus’ humanity while also trying to represent the son of God who will save mankind. It’s a fascinating experience - one I’m really relishing.”
Jo added: “It’s wonderful to hear Matt’s music again. It’s so evocative and powerful. And the production is looking and sounding wonderful - it will be a real spectacle and a perfect marking of Good Friday.”
The performance will start at 10.30am and the audience are invited to position themselves at the Cross to witness Jesus’ entry in to Jerusalem through the Eastgate Clock arch.
The performance will then move to the Town Hall Square for Gethsemane and the trial, finishing at the west door of the cathedral with the crucifixion.
This will be a free event, suitable for all the family.
For more information see chestermysteryplays.com.