A Pageant of St. Ethelreda
Place: Grounds of the Bishop's Palace (Ely) (Ely, Cambridgeshire, England)
Number of performances: 2
4 August 1951
At 3.30pm and 6.30pm.
Name of pageant master and other named staff
- Produced by [Pageant Master]: Diver, Dorothy
- Producer: Rose H. Churchyard
- Costumes Designed by: Margaret Drake
- Costumes Executed by: Millicent Morriss
and Geoffrey Legge
- Properties: Patricia Meadows, Marguerite
Names of executive committee or equivalent
Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)
- Pritchard, G.
- Diver, Dorothy E.
Names of composers
Numbers of performers
Object of any funds raised
In conjunction with the Festival of Britain
Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest
Garden Party with Stalls, Teas and Competitions
Episode I. ‘The Inspiration’ at the Court of Anna, King of East Anglia, Exning, 648 AD
Episode II. The Taking of the Veil, 670 AD
Episode III. Flight from Coldingham to Ely, 672 AD
Episode V. Medieval Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Etheldreda at Ely, AD 1340.
Key historical figures mentioned
- Æthelthryth [St Æthelthryth, Etheldreda,
Audrey] (d. 679) queen in Northumbria, consort of King Ecgfrith, and abbess
Music provided by Ron Mays and His Accordion Band
Newspaper coverage of pageant
Book of words
- None known.
Other primary published materials
- A Pageant of St. Ethelreda: Souvenir Programme. Ely, 1951.
References in secondary literature
Archival holdings connected to pageant
- Copy of Programme in Cambridgeshire Local Studies Collection, Cambridge, Reference C.76
Sources used in preparation of pageant
This was one of many historical pageants held in association with the 1951 Festival of Britain. Unlike many other such pageants, that staged at Ely focused solely on the medieval period, and in particular the life and legacy of Æthelthryth, or St Ethelreda, abbess of Ely. The town held a subsequent Pageant in the Cathedral in 2000.
How to cite this entry
Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘A Pageant of St. Ethelreda’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1418/