In the Beginning

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Exactly four hundred years ago, in 1611, a group of scholars gathered together in the Jerusalem Chamber at Westminster Abbey to finalise their translation of the King James Version of the Bible (KJV). Subsequent centuries have seen this book become one of the most significant works of literature in the English language. To celebrate the publication of this remarkable text, Westminster Abbey has teamed up with the Bush Theatre to create a unique, intimate and highly theatrical event.

 

In The Beginning will see audience members taken, in intimate groups, on an extraordinary journey round the Abbey – accessing areas that are rarely open to the public and at a time when it is usually closed to visitors. Each group will be led on a journey by one of the country’s most exciting established or emerging actors. As you travel round the building, an ensemble of performers will read carefully chosen extracts from the KJV which will cast a fresh and surprising light on the Abbey itself. This one off event will be a uniquely exciting way to experience an historic place and an historic text.

Co-directed by Josie Rourke and Christopher Haydon, in conjunction with the Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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Andrew Woodall

Theatre includes: Hedda Gabler (Gate Theatre Dublin); Much Ado About Nothing, The Voysey Inheritance The Life of Galilio, Luther, The Shape of the Table, Racing Demon and, most recently, Women Beware Women (National Theatre); Gaslight, King Lear, The Provok’D Wife, Cloud Nine, Waste (all Old Vic); As You Like It (Wyndhams); As You Desire Me (Playhouse); The Sugar Syndrome, Disappeared, Search & Destroy and Weldon Rising (Royal Court); Burning Issues (Hampstead); Certain Young Men and Butterfly Kiss (Almeida); A Letter of Resignation (Savoy); Our Late Night (Ambassadors); Don Carlos (Glasgow Citizens).

Television includes: The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Above Suspicion, Personal Affairs, Men are Wonderful, Place of Execution, Heartbeat, Lawless, Hear the Silence, Charles II, Starhunter, Ultimate Force, Dalziel & Pasco, Murder Rooms, Hearts & Bones, Harbor Lights, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Nature Boy, Kavanagh QC, Degrees of Error, Seaforth, Headhunters, Prime Suspect III, Between the Lines, Underbelly, Wish Me Luck and Hannay.

Film includes: Hypnotic, The Count of Monte Cristo and Regeneration.

Christopher Eccleston
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Miranda Raison
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Ralf Little

Theatre for the Bush includes: 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.

Other theatre includes: Stacy (Trafalgar Studios); On The Ceiling (Garrick); Billy Liar (ATG); Notes on Falling Leaves, Presence (Royal Court).

TV includes: Married Single Other, Massive, Miss Marple, Robin Hood, Heartbeat, The Royle Family, Brief Encounters, Two Pints of Lager & A Packet of Crisps, The Eustace Bros, Pear Shaped North Face of the Eiger, Paradise Heights, The Bill, Always & Everyone, Flint Street Nativity, Bostockis Cup.

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