Philemon: Musical Info & Synopsis


Philemon is set in the ancient city of Antioch, where the commander, Marcus Gallerius, is determined to capture Christians. To achieve his goal, he recruits Cockian, a street performer, to impersonate Philemon, a Christian priest and leader. At first reluctant, Cockian agrees to stay in jail and gather information in exchange for a promise of freedom. Philemon touches on themes of religious persecution, personal freedom, and the power of redemption.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

Cast Size: 10+

Genre: Historical

Setting: 200s / Antioch

Creative Team

Music: Harvey Schmidt

Lyrics/Book: Tom Jones

Cast Albums

Original Cast (1975)➝


Licensing: Music Theatre International➝


1970s, Avant-GardeObscure, One Word, OriginalReligious

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