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Performance numbers: 12 speaking roles
The twenty-fourth play from the York Corpus Christi Plays is one of the few to show Jesus's ministry (his mission on earth). In the first section, Jesus famously calls on the crowd not to stone the woman - unless they are "without sin". In the second, he brings his follower Lazarus back to life.
The two moments were originally produced by different guilds, often changing hands (the Plumbers, Hartshorn-workers, Capmakers and Pouchmakers and Bottlers all involved at various points). By the 1450s, both came under the full control of the Hatmakers and Capmakers. This may suggest an ongoing uneasiness with the Play's contents. Did accusations of adultery hit too close to home?
The Woman Caught in Adultery is frequently performed in the larger modern productions, with clear dramatic tension in the capture of the woman and the wider mob justice. The Raising of Lazarus is seen less, perhaps due to its reliance on longer speeches and a wariness of diminishing the impact of the later Resurrection. On the waggons, both have been performed in 2002 and 2014.
The play is based on John 8: 3-11 and 11:1–44.
The original script, in 15th Century Middle English, can be found here, courtesy of Prof. Clifford Davidson and the University of Rochester's TEAMS Middle English Text Series.
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