I actually just heard about this event from another group and it's sounds like a fascinating performance.
The Play of Herod combines the traditional Christmas story of the shepherds and magi traveling to see the miraculous baby with the reaction at Herod's court to news that a potential threat to Herod's power has been born. The play is sung in Latin, with English translations projected above the action. A consort of viols, recorders, hurdy-gurdy, and percussion accompanies the singers.
In the Camerata Theatre production, the world of Herod is dreamlike, shadowy, and stark. The Christmas story unfolds in a medieval ceremony of simple gestures and ancient, haunting melodies. It is a tale of awestruck shepherds, kings from afar come to worship a baby, a King Herod clinging to power, the bloody slaughter of children.
The Play of Herod is one of a group of remarkable liturgical dramas found in a Benedictine monastery in France, which are among the earliest dramatic works in the Christian era. Read more here.The Play of Herod is one of Atlanta’s longest-running Christmas traditions. This year’s production will be presented at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, December 12 and 13, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. This year’s free dress rehearsal for parishioners will be Tuesday,
Two parts of the Christmas story unfold in a medieval ceremony of simple gestures and ancient, haunting melodies. This drama of mysterious beauty tells a tale of awestruck shepherds, kings come from afar to worship a baby, a King Herod clinging to power, the bloody slaughter of children. The Play of Herod is sung in Latin, with a consort of period instruments. English translations are projected above the action. Admission is $20; Tickets are available in advance from
Tickets will also be sold at the door.