The action of the play takes place in Jerusalem in the twenty-four hours beginning at noon on Thursday, April the 2nd, A.D. 33.
The play is based directly on the four gospels, and the authors have not consciously departed from the order of events as there narrated, except in one minor episode. The visit of Joseph to Pilate in the last scene really belongs to a later hour of the same day.
Judas, a man of Kerioth:
Joseph Caiaphas, High Priest and Leader of the Sadducees:
Malchus, servant to Caiaphas:
Annas, father-in-law to Caiaphas and formerly High Priest:
Gamaliel, an eminent Pharisee:
Joseph of Arimathea, a member of the Sanhedrin:
A Roman sentry:
Soldiers of the 10th Legion:
Peter, a Galilean fisherman:
Zillah, a blind woman of Hebron:
Marcus Horatius Balbus, Commandant of the Roman garrison:
Sextus Pontius Pilate, Roman Governor of Judaea:
Mary, a woman of Magdala:
Damon, a Greek slave of Pilate:
Claudia Procula, wife of Pilate:
Marcella, Maid-of-Honour to Procula:
Lucius Licinius Cotta, a young officer of Pilate's staff:
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