Who was Pontius Pilate?

Actor portraying Pontus pilate washes his hands as part of a Passion Play

Pilate was the Roman governor of Judea at the time Jesus was brought to trial.

Although he did not see Jesus as a political threat, he was swayed by the crowds that had gathered to demand that Jesus be put to death.

He is remembered in art and literature as the man who refused to save an innocent man yet attempted to wash his hands of his guilt.

You can find out more about Pilate’s story in the free, live performances of the Easter story. Today’s passion plays are a dramatic portrayal of the Bible story, a story which is often called the greatest story ever told. It is the story of Jesus’ life, his timeless teaching and his last days.

The story of Easter has all the elements of stories that are compelling and moving: treachery, betrayal, injustice, sacrifice, redemption, forgiveness and happy endings.


Two men in black drag Jesus to the cross while a crowd watches. Two other men are on crosses on either side of him during the Stafford Passion Play.

Is your Passion Play Anti-Semitic?

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Jesus in a white robe stands with the whole cast and crew of Brighton Passion Play after the free performance on Good Friday.

Further reading about Passion Plays

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