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A play in three acts by Campbell Dixon and Dermot Morrah
Adapted for broadcasting and produced by Owen Reed
[Starring] D.A. Clarke-Smith with Ralph Truman and Catherine Lacey
The action of the play takes place in Jerusalem in the twenty-four hours beginning at noon on Thursday, April 2, AD 33
Others taking part include Myles Rudge, Maurice Bascombe, Pamela Mant, Brenda Hamilton, John Nelson Burton, and students of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Produced in the BBC's West of England studios
Caesar's Friend tells the story - in modern language - of Pilate's political and personal dilemma. It adheres strictly to the story of the Gospels and within their framework it gives a vivid picture of the tug-of-war between the various pressure-groups at work in Palestine during the reign of the Emperor Tiberius. Pilate is presented as a shrewd and conscientious civil servant who betrayed his own principles by washing his hands of all responsibility for the execution of Jesus Christ. After a series of momentous diplomatic exchanges - how momentous none of the protagonists knew - the drama reaches its conclusion in the trial scene, and in the epilogue which follows, Pilate, in a flash of prophetic insight, is left to wonder.
Judas of Kerioth:
Joseph of Arimathaea:
Procula, his wife:
Mary of Magdala:
Students of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre
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