The Journey of the Magi by Lynn Brittney

The approximate running time of this play is 15 minutes.

This is a powerful play about the journey of the Three Wise Men and their encounter with King Herod and the Holy Family. Based upon the poem of the same name by T.S.Eliot it contains some wonderfully descriptive lines. A very traditional telling of the nativity story but it brings in some characters that do not usually have a voice, such as Herod's servants, a soothsayer and customers in the inn. This play is particularly suitable for performing in a church as there is no requirement for scenery.

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18 speaking characters, non-speaking could be added.

A running time of approximately 15 minutes.

There is no music in this play. Feel free to add sacred songs if desired.

The Magi, or Wise Men, see a new star in the sky and believe that it heralds a new age of a god who will be greater than all the gods they have worshipped in the past. Their journey is hard, expressed by the Eliot poem, until at last they come to a tavern, where they enquire about a baby being born. One of Herod's servants takes them to her master. Herod hears what the Magi have to say and then, after they have left, he calls in his soothsayer and priest. They reveal the prophecy about the Messiah and from that point on, Jesus' life is in danger ...

As with all our plays, there are full production notes that give advice on scenery, prop and costume-making.

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