Allen, who’s biggest musical successes have come as a member of Fat Les and as co-writer of New Order’s World In Motion, will be the host of the production, which sees 55 Degrees North star Darren Morfitt take the role of Jesus.
|Darren Morfitt plays Jesus|
Morfitt is understandably excited about the role, saying that he never thought he would “play Jesus. It's an interesting journey to interpret the role. It's not a case of having long flowing locks and a white gown, it's not a case of looking 'holy'. It's more about finding a truthful way of expressing thought processes and emotion. And the fact that it's live and at street level is pretty full on - anything could happen!"
Supporting Morfitt will be ex-James frontman and Batman Begins star Tim Booth, who plays Judas, and Nicholas Bailey, who played Dr Trueman in Eastenders, as St Peter.
|Tim Booth plays Judas|
There had been rumours of many Mancunian musicians being involved, but most have turned out to be unfounded. Even Bez, who had been down to do a cameo performance as the notorious criminal Barabas, has dropped out of the programme.
Manchester Passion will be broadcast live on BBC Three at 9pm on Good Friday (14 April). Members of the public who would like to participate are invited to Albert Square in Manchester from 8pm onwards.