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Edinburgh Easter Play Returns

Monday March 12 2018

The Edinburgh Easter Play returns this year, with thousands of people again expected to see the last days of Jesus dramatised in Princes Street Gardens.

The Play began in 2005, and quickly grew into a large-scale community production, with a cast and crew of volunteers drawn from churches and groups across the city. Only the role of Jesus is played by a professional actor.

It initially ran every year until 2010, and was a straight passion play focusing on the events of Easter week. Since 2013 it has sometimes taken a more radical route, focussing on some of the overlooked men and women of the Bible to offer a fresh perspective.

The organisers are this year promising ‘an innovative retelling of the Easter Story’. Duncan Rennie, who first took the role of Jesus in 2007, returns.

The play takes place in Princes Street Gardens West on Easter Saturday, March 31, at 2pm, and will last about 75 minutes. Admission is free.

For more information visit

Also on Easter Saturday, the Lanarkshire Passion Play takes place in Hamilton, again starting at 2pm with free admission. Details on the play's Facebook page.

And on Easter Sunday, the passion play To The Cross is performed at Duddingston Kirk in Edinburgh. Details at




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