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The Mysteries: Nativity
by Tony Harrison

Cast & Crew

Music by ‘Hobson’s Choice’ Rod Clarke, Paul Gardner, Kevin Pinks
God Owen Warr
Angel Lucifer
Brian Harrap
Angel Gabriel
Jan Stoppani
Adam
Scott Bradley
Eve
Lynette Ashton
Abel
Mark Harris
Cain
Stuart Robinson
Noah
Tony Janney
Wife
Sue Howes
Abraham
Rob Kendall
Isaac
Mark Scott
Joseph
David Ashton
Mary
Suzanne Richards
Herod
Rob Kendall
Son Stuart Robinson
Messenger
Sarah Locker
King 1
Barry Hillman
King 2
Tony Janney
King 3
Lynette Ashton
Shepherd 1
Mary Greaves
Shepherd 2
Sue Howes
Shepherd 3
Owen Warr
Mak
Emily Salter
Mak’s Wife
Ingrid Heyman
Death
Scott Bradley
Mothers
Elaine Ashton, Mary Greaves, Sue Howes
Soldiers
Claire Brittain, Brian Harrap, Ingrid Heyman, Tony Janney, Emily Salter

Director David Ashton
Costumes
Alison Dunmore, Claire Brittain
Set
Derek Banyard
Lighting Design Richard Walker
Lighting Engineer
Robert Harrap
Stage Management
Claire Brittain
Continuity
Pam Burnette
Box Office
Mary Greaves
Publicity
Tony Janney
Programme
Rob Kendall

Jan Stoppani as Angel Gabriel, Owen Warr as God and Brian Harrap as Angel Lucifer

Production No. 320

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PROGRAMME NOTES
David Ashton, director


The play is based upon the English Medieval Mystery plays of York, Chester, Townley (Wakefield) and Coventry of which four complete cycles survive.

They were written in the middle-ages by working men and craftsmen’s guilds assisted by dramatic poets.

The original presentations of the plays were performed during Corpus Christi on carts passing various locations (stations) in the city throughout the day.

Tony Harrison has taken these cycles and welded them into three separate and infinitely varied plays: The Nativity, The Passion and Doomsday, the complete trilogy lasting some six hours.

The Nativity was completed in 1981 and its first production by The National Theatre in l985 received universal acclaim.

A concem with the register and feel of the medieval language keeps the origins of the play alive while the stage directions bring the production firmly into the 20th century.

19 - 22 December 2001
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Sheep Street, Northampton

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IT'S THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
Northampton Chronicle & Echo, December 2001


The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Sheep Street, Northampton, is the, magnificent setting for the Masque Theatre's latest production.

The actors will be marking the festive season by performing Tony Harrison’s play The Nativity at the church from December 19 to December 22.

The production, which combines music, dance and comedy, tells the Biblical story from the creation of the world through to the Christmas story and the death of Herod.

A cast of 34 people includes Owen Warr as God, Jan Stoppani as Gabriel, Scott Bradley as Adam, Lynette Ashton as Eve and Rob Kendall as Herod.

Northampton band Hobson’s Choice will provide music ranging from traditional Christmas carols to Bob Dylan.

The play is based on the English Medieval Mystery plays of York, Chester, Townley and Coventry of which four complete cycles survive.

A scene from The Mysteries: Nativity
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