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In the Beginning

In the Beginning

By Nick Payne with extracts from the KJV selected by The Revd Dr James Hawkey Thu 24 Mar, 2011 Book tickets

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


Writer - Nick Payne
Direction - Josie Rourke
- Christopher Haydon



Nonso Anozie
Christopher Eccleston
Ralf Little
Michelle Terry
Miranda Raison
Andrew Woodall



Times - Tours will run regularly from 6.30pm with the last tour leaving at 9.30
Running Time - Each tour will last approximately 40 minutes
Tour size - Maximum of 6 audience members per tour
Meeting time - Please arrive fifteen minutes early for your tour. If you miss your performances you will not be able to join another performance.
Meeting location - The Great North Door is situated at the side of the Abbey, next to St Margaret's Church, facing Parliament Square. You can access it from Parliament Square (from Westminster tube) or The Sanctuary (from Victoria Street)
Ticket Price - £25 PLEASE NOTE Tickets will not be issued for this event, but you will recieve an emaill confirmation on booking - please present this at Westminster.