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Abbey hosts 12-hour overnight performance of Sixty-Six Books

Monday, 24th October 2011

Abbey hosts 12-hour overnight performance of Sixty-Six Books

Westminster Abbey was host to a performance of Sixty-Six Books on Friday 21st October in collaboration with the Bush Theatre.

The 12-hour overnight vigil at the Abbey formed part of the Bush Theatre’s performance cycle which features over 200 artists from across the globe.

Sixty-six playwrights, poets, songwriters and novelists, from all faiths and none, from over a dozen countries and across five continents, speak to each book of the King James Bible, offering contemporary responses to some of the greatest stories ever told.

The performance of Sixty-Six Books is one of several Westminster Abbey events celebrating the 400th anniversary year of The King James Bible. It was at Westminster Abbey in 1611 that a group of scholars gathered together in the Jerusalem Chamber to translate key passages of the Bible for King James. Subsequent centuries have seen this book become one of the most significant works of literature in the English language.

Sixty-Six Books begun with a twenty-four hour event on the 14th October in inauguration of the Bush Theatre’s new venue on Uxbridge Road. The performance cycle closes on Friday 28th October with the final twenty-four hour event, at the Bush Theatre.

Sixty-Six Books is curated by Artistic Director Josie Rourke and produced by the Bush Theatre in association with the King James Bible Trust and supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Foyle Foundation, the National Theatre and the South Bank Centre.

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