All Saints, Bingley, Friday 7 September, 7.30pm.
Author says "I don’t think it will ever be performed again" - so don’t miss it!
Last year saw the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. To mark the occasion Bradford Cathedral commissioned a new work from Saltaire writer Nigel Schofield.
Featuring traditional and original songs (with music by Helen Hockenhull), 1611 explores the circumstances around the creation of the Bible.
The world’s best selling book was created to provide a single standard Bible for all churches in King James’ new united kingdom, Great Britain. The world in which it came into being was one of daring exploration, theatrical innovation, political intrigue, terrorism, superstition and scandal.
All feature in the lively narrative which takes in, among other things, Shakespeare’s final years, the settlement of America, the birth of the British whaling industry, the Gunpowder Plot, the death of Henry Hudson and the work of scandal monger John Aubrey.
The production has a specially assembled cast of twenty players. In addition to original songs, it also features music by Bob Dylan, Sandy Denny, Handel, Leonard Cohen and Monteverdi.
Nigel and his team saw this production as having ‘a one year only’ run just during 2011 but he and his cast have agreed to do just one more performance of 1611 in All Saints Church on Friday 7 September at 7.30pm. Don’t miss this amazing performance.
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