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In The Beginning

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A stellar cast comes together for one night only to perform Nick Payne's play in Westminster Abbey. Read More >

A stellar cast comes together for one night only to perform Nick Payne’s play In The Beginning in Westminster Abbey.

Staged by the Bush theatre to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version of the Bible, In The Beginning interweaves extracts from the KJV with a tour around Westminster Abbey.

Audience members travel round the Abbey, exploring areas that are rarely open to the public, encountering a host of performers as they go.

Please note, In The Beginning is performed at Westminster Abbey, not at the Bush theatre.

Audience members for In The Beginning should meet at the North Door fifteen minutes before the start of their scheduled performance.


Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 24/03/2011

Closing Night: 24/03/2011

Running time: approx. 40 mins

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Cast & Creative


Christopher Eccleston, Ralf Little, Tamsin Greig, Nonso Anozie, Jamie Ballard, Sam Barnett, Joseph Chance, Morven Christie, Chipo Chung, Martin Hutson, Poppy Miller, Harry Peacock, Miranda Raison, Sharon Small, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Michelle Terry, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Andrew Woodall, Sargon Yelda


Director - Christopher Haydon and Josie Rourke

Author - Nick Payne

About Bush Theatre

7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 8LJ

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