Rutland Boughton’s Bethlehem at Glastonbury, 7–8 January 2005


Most of these photos were taken during the dress rehearsal on Thursday 6.

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Our thanks to Ros Murphy for the first six photos, and for the next 36 to John Gould of the Mid-Somerset Camera Club.

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24RM/jpg   Mary (Katie Murphy) busy backstage with her A-level biology
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25RM/jpg   Leslie Skidmore (Joseph) backstage
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28RM/jpg   Merlin (Philip Lancaster) presents his gift of myrrh
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29RM/jpg   Dennis Murphy, Robert Matthews and (back) Michael Murphy helping to construct a higher stage after the dress rehearsal
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31RM/jpg   Mary, Joseph and the Angel Gabriel
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33RM/jpg Applause and flowers for Katie
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A1/jpg Thelma Bamford, Pam Burrough and Sheila Lyons, as children dance and sing in Act II
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A2/jpg Tony Nott at his best -- as prompter and “relay conductor”
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A3/jpg Clarice and Saffron Rarity as two angels in the pulpit
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A4/jpg David Parsons as the Unbeliever in Act II
(In the original 1915 production, this part was sung by Rutland Boughton himself)
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A5/jpg Sebastian Field, countertenor, as the Angel Gabriel
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A6/jpg Chris Laing as one of Herod’s soldiers
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A7/jpg Martin Lovell, Kay Wych and David Parsons as part of the crowd when King Herod suddenly appears
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A8/jpg Andrew Gardiner as King Herod (this was dress rehearsal — for the performances, he yielded up his specs!)
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A9/jpg Viola Nagel as the Believer in Act II: “Neither in halls nor yet in bowers born would He not be ...”
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B1/jpg Katie Murphy as Mary with her newborn babe
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B2/jpg “Blyssed be the time ...” — Joseph (Leslie Skidmore), Mary (Katie Murphy) and baby
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B3/jpg Joseph and Mary receive a gift of gold from the wise man Nubar (Alex Clissold-Jones), with his page (Mark Foster)
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B4/jpg The wise man Zarathustra (John McLean) presents frankincense
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B5/jpg Gabriel (Sebastian Field) suddenly appears to warn of King Herod’s evil intentions
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B6/jpg Joseph, Mary and the Babe (and some orchestra and chorus behind them)
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B7/jpg King Herod (Andrew Gardiner) in his rage; a soldier (Mark Berry) behind
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B8/jpg Brendan Sadler conducting orchestra and chorus
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B9/jpg The second shepherd, Dave (Simon Francis)
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C1/jpg The first shepherd, Jem (Neville “Jerry” Jeremiah) [Doesn’t he look like somebody in Boughton’s original performance!]
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C2/jpg Page (Mark Foster) with gold and wise man Nubar (Alex Clissold-Jones, tenor)
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C3/jpg The wise man Zarathustra (John McLean)
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C4/jpg The third wise man, Merlin (Philip Lancaster, baritone)
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C5/jpg Hywel Jenkins, leader of the orchestra; violinist Ollie Gordon behind him
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C6/jpg Orchestra and chorus, in the chancel of St John’s Church. After the dress rehearsal, this platform was made higher for the performances.
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C7/jpg Brendan Sadler conducting orchestra and chorus
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C8/jpg Joseph (Les Skidmore)
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C9/jpg The three shepherds, Sym, Jem and Dave (John Gray, Jerry Jeremiah and Simon Francis)
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D1/jpg Some altos and tenors in the chorus
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D2/jpg Helen Lunt, cello, among orchestra and chorus with Brendan Sadler conducting
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D3/jpg Tony Nott rehearsing

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