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The Chester Mystery Plays transplant their epic production from god1 SMALLChester Cathedral to Liverpool Cathedral on October 11th and 12th. Pictures from the Chester production here – http://www.chestermysteryplays.com/2013_prod/2013_production.html

Having seen the performance at Chester Cathedral, the space was used as a classic proscenium arch with the audience sat at ground level and on tiered seating, which achieved a sense of intimacy for the audience (sometimes to the point of feeling squashed) in a relatively big space. The side aisles were the ‘offstage’ area and were also used by the choir and musicians.

Liverpool Cathedral calls itself ‘The Great Space’ with a nave vault of 36.5 m and a total length of 188.7 m. Chester’s nave has a height of 24m and total length of 108m.

It will be interesting to see how the production will be adapted for the Liverpool Cathedral production – will it simply mean more room for the audience, or will it allow the…

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