The Zeal of Thy House

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The Zeal of Thy House is a play by Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)[1]

The original text

The title of the play was taken from Psalm 69:9, “For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up" and it is a play about the building of the choir of Canterbury Cathedral in the twelfth century by a French architect, William of Sens. Written at the request of Margaret Babington, organizer of the Canterbury Festival, for the 1937 festival, it was first performed at the Canterbury Festival June 12–18, 1937, with a cast of forty professional and amateur actors. It was later produced in London at the Westminster Theatre in March 1938, and was revived at the Canterbury Festival in 1949.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1980: Performed to mark the opening of the Nave in St George’s Cathedral in June 1980, with John Ramsdale as "Simon the workman" and Cosmo Pieterse and Bill Curry as two angels.


E-mail correspondence from Laurence Jacobs, August, 2020, containing information supplied by John Ramsdale.

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