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Ferdinand Kingsley to play God & Jesus in York Mystery Plays 2012

Some news from Mystery Play towers:

We are excited to announce that Ferdinand Kingsley will play God and Jesus this summer!

Ferdiand, who is aged 24, has performed in productions for The National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and is “delighted” to accept the roles.

Joint Artistic Directors Damian Cruden and Paul Burbridge said “It was always our intention to cast a young actor in the role of God/Jesus. We were keen that God should be portrayed as a young father with children (Adam and Eve), creative and energetic. In Ferdinand Kingsley we are delighted to have discovered a young actor more than capable of fulfilling this desire and bringing to the stage such a complex double. He is an exciting young talent with Northern roots who has shown a sensitivity to the subject, an understanding of the text and a passion for the project. Audiences at The National Theatre in London are already familiar with his work and we look forward to Ferdinand taking the central role in this huge community endeavour here in York.”

Ferdinand’s theatre credits include Hamlet and Welcome to Thebes for The National Theatre and Troilus and Cresssida, and Little Eyolf for the Royal Shakespeare Company. TV and film credits include the BBC’s Vincent Van Gogh: Painted With Words and The Last Legion. Ferdinand will also be in Richard II, which is part of the BBC’s Shakespeare season to be aired later this year.

We hope you are excited as us about working with Ferdinand to create this spectacular production!