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The Passion Play in Paris

Some time ago the cable informed us that tho proposal that Mdme Sarah Bern* . hardfc should appear in the PaarioH'Play at Oberammhrgaa had created some- sen* sation. From our files we learn that the cable was misinterpreted. The following particulars are given in * Home paper.— - Tlic religious wovlii in* Paris is tic;ui(l^Hstxl-at a proposal,, Jo bring out % ..- 'Mystui-y'or Passion Pfeiy in Holy Week \\ ;it the Porte Saint Martin, with MdSM -" ;' Sarah Bcrnbardt as the Virgin M«ft ,^ The censor has nob yet given, his Tito g|Ys

his consent, bufc is waiting to see how public opinion is.affected. Mdme Bern hardt, interviewed on the subject, has expressed her astonishment at the horror which good Catholics express at her probable appearance in a sacred character. What greater harm is there, she asks, in Oberammergau ? Out of respect for their art, the actora which, if leave is given, are to play with her will throw all the religious feeling they can into the performance. As to the objection of the religious press that Mdme Bernhardt is a Jewess, she says that she has the honor of belonging to the Bame glorious race as the Virgin Mary herself, and has besides been baptised, having taken the Communion and gone to school at a Roman Catholic convent. If she acts the part of Mater. Dolorosa, she will not go to Munkacsy but to the Pre-Raphaelites for inspiration, and will fall back on her own youthful imaginings when she was a boarder at the . Versailles Convent in which she entered ] the Roman Catholic Church. The Chat Noir led the way in reviving Mysteries last Holy Week. Ifc had the crucifixion -in "Chinese Shadows" with suitable music, into which a Stabat was brought. There iras nothing irreverent in the performance itself, and the fashionable world, which is anything but sceptical in its professions, went for the nonce to that resort of Bohemian artiste. What is more, it professed itself edified. It has been suggested to the Archbishop of Paris that his best way to kill the Porte Saint Martin enterprise would be to have the mysteries revived at Notre Dame, as they were performed there before the time of Francis I.

A Paris cable of April 5 says :—Notwithstanding the great outcry raised at the proposal to engage Sarah Benhardt to represent the Virgin Mary in a pasaion play in Paris she took the character, and a great sensation was caused throughout France.

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The Passion Play in Paris, Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 2394, 7 April 1890

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The Passion Play in Paris Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 2394, 7 April 1890

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