It’s not quite the real thing yet as the play does not open until Thursday 17 March 2011, but viewers can get a taste of what to expect from the Amersham Martyrs Community Play by viewing a short YouTube film of a rehearsal.
There are still some tickets left for the Amersham Martyrs Community Play. Both previous productions in 2001 and 2004 were completely sold out, almost 1200 people attended the six performances. This year’s event appears to be going in a similar fashion, and because in 2004 latecomers were disappointed, it is advisable to get your tickets as soon as you can. This year’s play commemorates the 500th anniversary of the first martyrdom. William Tylesworth the leader of the Amersham Lollards, the fore-runners of the Protestant movement which arose as a result of the Reformation, was burned at the stake in 1511 on a hill which today overlooks Old Amersham’s Tesco store. He was followed by six more unfortunate victims ten years later.
Despite its tragic theme, the play is written to entertain, with music, dancing and even some comedy, showing aspects of life in the Amersham (known as ‘Hamersham) of the 1500s. An added touch of coincidence in that the present Rector of St Mary’s Church, the Reverend Tim Harper, plays his predecessor of 1521. During the play’s ecclesiastic court-scene which is believed to have taken place inside the church, Reverend Tim Harper could well be standing in the very same spot as Rector Gilbert did back then.
Performances dates are: Thursday 17 March, Friday 18 March, Saturday 19 March, Thursday 24 March, Friday 25 March and Saturday 26 March 2011. All performances start at 7.45pm.
Tickets cost £10 including a programme and can be obtained from Terry’s Newsagents, Sycamore Road, Amersham On The Hill; By phone 01494 721103; or the website www.AmershamMartyrs.info under Performances.
Chiltern Voice reported Martyrs Tickets On Sale.