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Revolution’s Edge

The critically acclaimed play Revolution’s Edge returns to the Old North Church this summer! Written especially for Old North by Plays in Place, this gripping historical drama was a smash hit with audiences last year.

Revolution’s Edge takes us to the afternoon of April 18, 1775, hours before the  “two if by sea” signal lanterns would shine from Old North’s steeple. With war on the horizon, Old North’s Loyalist rector, the Rev. Dr. Mather Byles, Jr., is pushed to “resign” his post. As Byles and Cato (an African man enslaved by Byles) prepare to leave the church for the final time, they encounter Capt. John Pulling, Jr., a prominent member of the church congregation, ardent Patriot, and friend of Paul Revere. These three men share a faith but have very different beliefs concerning the right path ahead for themselves, their families, and the colonies. Their conversation explores the intersection of faith and freedom on the edge of the American Revolution.

When: Revolution’s Edge runs June 7 through August 10, Wednesday – Saturday nights. Seating for the play starts at 5:30pm, and the show begins promptly at 6:00pm. The performance is approximately 45 minutes. Ticket holders are welcome to explore Old North Church’s sanctuary and new history exhibit between 5:30 and 6:00pm.

Cost: Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for guests under 18 years old. Admission to Revolution’s Edge also includes general admission to Old North Church any time during our normal operating hours that day.

Audience: The play is recommended for those 12 and older. Due to the nature of seating and the content of the play, we do not recommend that children under 8 attend.

New England Revolution Watch Party

On Saturday, August 24, soccer lovers and history lovers will unite at the Old North Church for a very special New England Revolution Watch Party! Come to Old North’s beautiful Washington Garden to watch the Revolution take on CF Montréal at 7:30pm. Doors will open at 7:00pm.

Please enter through the gate on Salem Street. We’ll have the game projected on a large outdoor screen and a cooler with water bottles. We encourage guests to bring their own seating, snacks, and beverages. Old North Church will be open so visitors can explore the new history exhibit in our sanctuary or take a self-guided tour of our crypt. What better place to support the New England Revolution than this icon of the American Revolution?

The event is free and RSVPs are strongly encouraged so that we can prepare to host you. Please claim “tickets” for you and your guests on Eventbrite to let us know you’re coming!

New England Revolution Watch Party at the Old North Church.

Throughout the year, Old North Illuminated hosts authors, professors, and other experts for Speaker Series events. In anticipation of the upcoming 250th anniversary of Old North Church’s famous lantern signal in 2025, this year’s Speaker Series will include talks that focus on revolutions — their origins, their societal transformations, and their complex legacies. We hope you’ll join us.
Our 2024 Speaker Series events are brought to you in part by Hub Town Tours.

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