‘Mankind’ – a World Premier of biblical proportions

12th February 2020

A musical stage-work of biblical proportions receives it’s World Premier in North Norfolk this month.

The text of ‘Mankind’ was written and first played in East Anglia around 1465 and has been developed into a stage show involving musicians, actors a classical baritone and a full choir by internationally renowned composer and Sheringham resident, Michael Finnissy.

The play is a lively social satire in which the farmer Mankind must choose between good and evil.  At first he tries to improve himself, but finds it easier to join a band of ruffians.  He is seduced by a glamorous lady Devil, is almost driven to suicide, finds it hard to apologise, but finally redeems himself.

Local young professional actors and Sheringham Little Theatre favourites Sam Thompson and Charlie Randall are amongst the cast and husband and wife team Kate and Steve Banks take on the roles of the Devil and Mankind respectively.


“It’s a joy to be given first crack at a show whose text is steeped in local history.” explains Steve, a regular in Summer rep at the Little Theatre for the last three years.  “And to share the playing area with musicians, singers and actors will be a huge thrill.  This is exactly the kind of new and challenging theatre experience we want to offer our audiences at Sheringham Little Theatre, so we’re asking the public to be brave and to try something new with us.  It’s going to be great fun.”

‘Mankind’ plays at Sheringham Little Theatre for one night only;

Saturday 29th February, 7.30pm