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New Bush theatre show to celebrate King James Bible

1st August 2011

A new production from London's Bush theatre will bring together 66 playwrights, poets and authors to celebrate one of the most important works of literature in the English language – the King James Bible.

This October, Westminster Abbey will play host to a 12-hour show involving leading literary figures responding to each of the 66 books of the King James Bible, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of its creation.

In 1611, the abbey's Jerusalem Chamber was the location chosen by a group of scholars tasked with translating key passages of the bible by King James I.

The Bush event is set to begin at 19:00 GMT on October 21st and will finish at 07:00 the following day, with contributors including Billy Bragg, Jeanette Winterson and poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

In 1631, Robert Barker and Martin Lucas famously issued a reprint of the King James Bible that omitted the word 'not' from 'Thou shalt not commit adultery'.

Known as The Wicked Bible or The Adulterous Bible, the book was widely circulated at the time, but a year after it was released, the publishers were fined GBP 300 and deprived of their printing licence.

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