Information drawn from 'Survey of Historical Pageants' by Mick Wallis; with thanks to Janet Williams of Lichfield Library.
Place: St Chad's Church (Lichfield) (Lichfield, Staffordshire, England)
Number of performances: 2
23–24 June 1972. It seems that some of the pageant was held outdoors, and some indoors. Quite probably the dramatic elements were held inside the church, with the processional elements outside.
Name of pageant master and other named staff
- Pageant Master: Sanders, John
Names of executive committee or equivalent
Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)
Names of composers
Numbers of performers
Object of any funds raised
- 1300th anniversary of death of St Chad.
Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest
- Jousting tournament
Key historical figures mentioned
- Ceadda [St Ceadda, Chad] (d. 672?) abbot of Lastingham and bishop of
Mercia and Lindsey.
- Edward III (1312–1377) king of England and lord of Ireland, and duke of Aquitaine
Newspaper coverage of pageant
Book of words
Other primary published materials
References in secondary literature
Archival holdings connected to pageant
Lichfield Library holds material relating to the pageant.
Sources used in preparation of pageant
Held in June 1972, this pageant commemorated the 1300th anniversary of the death of St Chad, who became bishop of Lichfield in 669. It featured a street procession, but also a dramatic re-enactment of the visit of King Edward III to Lichfield in 1348. The pageant was staged in and around St Chad's Church, a parish church to the north of the city and—as its name suggests—closely associated with the life of the eponymous saint.
How to cite this entry
Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Lichfield Pageant’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1589/