Ian Jackson, Polly Dixon and Phil Mantom

Two former chairs of Lichfield Mysteries will do battle with Lucifer in this year’s production.

Ian Jackson, Polly Dixon and Phil Mantom

Ian Jackson, chairman in 2003 and Polly Dixon, in 2009, are treading the boards together as Pontius Pilate and his wife Percula. Phil Mantom plays Lucifer, but as this is only his second time with the Mysteries he is no match for Ian and Polly!

They are members of The Darwin Players, who are performing The Dream of Pilate’s Wife and Jesus before Pilate. The Darwin Players are no newcomers to Lichfield Mysteries and this is their sixth performance.

Many of the cast have been involved with the Mysteries for some years and in particular Audrey Wareing and Kevin Royal, who are soldiers in the production and Judy Barker who plays a citizen, took part in the first Mysteries in 1994.

Polly said: “It is great to be in the Mysteries again and this year’s production promises to be the best ever. I am looking forward to performing with old friends in the plays.”

Ian added: “This is my fourth time with the Darwin Players and it is great to be back. It is particularly satisfying to act the part of Pilate as we know that the bad guys always seem to get the best parts!

“Well done to the current chair Ros Hallifax and her team for continuing to preserve the precious Lichfield Mysteries tradition.”

The 26 plays in the Lichfield Mysteries, a free event, will be performed over the May Day bank holiday on May 6 and 7 on Market Square and in the Cathedral.

For more information, visit www.lichfieldmysteries.co.uk.