Our next performance will be at Souls of the North, 12th September 2018, in the Concert Hall, Music Department, Palace Green. Here you will come face-to-face with a cast of deathly characters, including Beelzebub, a Quack Doctor, a Black Knight and a skull-headed wild horse, as we remember some of the traditions that commemorated death before the advent of modern Halloween.
Our public performances at Theatrum Mundi in July 2016 celebrated traditions associated with the North-East, but also featured plays from other areas across Continental Europe.
Revivals of civic shows, popular entertainment and religious drama took place in Durham’s historic centre. A chief attraction was the first modern production of the oldest known drama from the British Isles: the Lindisfarne Harrowing of Hell. We also featured a new show, The Sacred and the Profane, a specially commissioned showcase of historic dance, music and processions.
Explore and watch
Street performances with the Durham Dragon
The Sacred and the Profane, a kaleidoscope of medieval and Renaissance music and dance
Lawrence of Durham’s Peregrini, a play about Christ at Emmaus, written by a Durham monk in about 1150
The Harrowing of Hell, an Anglo-Saxon play retelling the legend of how Christ descended to Hell after his death on the Cross
Plays from the York mystery cycle, performed by the York Festival Trust