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Photographs of Minster Millennium Production

In 2000, it was possible to hold rehearsals in the newly opened National Centre for Early Music, in former St Margaret's church.

Musical Director in rehearsal

Composer and Musical Director Dr Richard Shephard is in the middle of the picture, leading the orchestra in rehearsal in the NCEM.

The Mystery Play Archive holds more photographs taken by cast member Linda Terry backstage at this production.  You can find some of the photographs here or here.
Greg Doran leads rehearsal

Greg Doran, Artistic Director (then Asst. Director of the RSC) leads a cast rehearsal. He is on the right.  Immediately confronting him is Ray Stevenson (Jesus).  Here is a link to a photograph taken during dress rehearsals in the Minster and donated to the NCEM Archive by Jude Brereton.

Creation Minster 2000

As He creates the world, God (John M. Hall) stands at the centre of the Minster.  

Below are His good and bad angels: left is Gabriel (Tom Davey) and right is Satan (Rory Mulvihill).  Rory had played Jesus in the 1996 production.

Gabriel west window

      Satan 2000

Animals enter Ark

The animals process two by two into the Ark, which is waiting for them.  Top left is a giraffe; lower left centre are two swans.

Noah and family with Ark

Noah (Arnold Durham) and his family have survived the Flood in the Ark, with the animals.  Behind them is the rainbow formed in the Minster Quire roof.

Abraham and Isaak

Abraham (Alan Booty) has prepared his son Isaak for a sacrifice and is about to plunge in the knife.   But God calls him and tells him to save Isaak and sacrifice a lamb instead.

Gabriel visits Mary

Gabriel (Tom Davey) visits the Virgin Mary (Frances Marshall)  to tell her she will bear a child at God's command.  It is traditional for Gabriel to carry a lily in paintings of this Annunciation.   

Shepherds at Nativity

The shepherds near Bethlehem have come to see the new-born Jesus. In green is Joseph (Ged Murray).  Over the stable hangs the star which the three Kings will also follow.

Jesus healing

Jesus (Ray Stevenson) is surrounded by disciples as he performs His ministry and healing.           

Last Supper

Mary Magdalene (Sarah Jane Wolverson) washes Jesus feet while the disciples prepare to eat the Last Supper.  She puts expensive ointment on His feet. 

Herod accuses

Herod (Tim Holman) is angry about any suggestion that Jesus dares claim to be King of the Jews.

bearing the cross

Jesus has been condemned to death by crucifixion.  Forced by Roman soldiers He must carry the cross up to Gethsemane. He is watched by his family and disciples. 


Jesus (Ray Stevenson)  is on the cross and dying.  Here the rose window of the Minster south transept is in the background.

The Last Judgement

After he is resurrected from the grave, Jesus alongside God judges good and bad souls.  Here the angel blows the trumpet which symbolises the Last Judgement.  
Below, the Dean reflects when the production has ended.

Dean in 2000

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