Lincoln, 1255. A young boy is missing. The fallout is hysteria and antisemitism from the Christians who believe the Jewish population have abducted the child in the quest for a blood sacrifice. One small incident frighteningly escalates and mob hatred is fomented by the cool cynicism of the moneyed classes. A play wider in scope and relevance than its historical setting, Ritual in Blood looks at the persecution of the Jews and, by implication, the persecution of all peoples.
Steven Berkoff’s Ritual in Blood was first performed by Nottingham Playhouse Company in summer 2001.