Religion: Masefield's Play

The modern theatre began as a form for sermons as it is now a subject for them. Processions, pageants, performances —this was a slow, natural sequence. Not be fore the 1 5th century did audiences, growing more interested in the character of the customary devil than that of Christ, cause these moralities to lose their holy character. Dramatic interpretations of the gospels are not yet without their spiritual value. Last week, in Canterbury Cathedral at Canterbury, England, there was performed The Coming of Christ, a nativity play written in the antique tradition by famed Poet John Masefield.

The performances...