APR 00] HERBERT ART GALLERY & MUSEUM NEWS
Coventry Legend Of St George Celebrated
St George is preparing to wield his sword against
the dragon as part of the celebrations of the Coventry legend.
The famed crusader and
national saint is believed to have been born in Caludon Castle, and he has been closely
linked to the Lady Godiva story.
Mummers Plays will be performed in celebration of his life on Saturday.
And more than 25
Coventry pubs have won an extension to their licensing hours to celebrate the saints
Landlords argued that
they should be given the chance to raise an extra glass to St George as bars in the city
have been given extensions on St Patricks Day.
The commemorations are
being held a day before St Georges Day, on Saturday 22 April, because this year it
coincides with Easter Sunday.
Organisers decided to
put the main celebrations on the Saturday to ensure that more people get a chance to see
There will be three
performances of The St George Mummers Play at the foyer in front of the Herbert Art
Gallery at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm.
Each performance will
be about 20 minutes, but will be longer if the audience gets involved.
In between each show
St George, played by Roger Bailey, will take on a five-man dragon in a re-enactment of the
killing of the foe.
The action will
coincide with an exhibition at the gallery looking at local stories of heroes taking on
The centrepiece is two
pictures of St George on loan from the National Gallery by Tintoretto and Gustav Moreau,
which are accompanied by information panels explaining the legend.
There are also
displays telling the stories of St Michael, after whom the old cathedral is named, and Sir
Guy of Warwick, who found fame by killing the Dun Cow.