Bringing the glorious language of the King James Bible to life.


“I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage.”   ― Peter Brook

The Gospel Like You've Never Seen It

Ashley Strand brings the glorious language of the King James Bible to life by performing the Gospel According to Mark as a one-person play.  This text demands a performance as dynamic as the story it conveys.  The King James Bible was written to be spoken.  Experience the Book of Mark the way it was intended to be heard, in its entirety.  King James Live is for anyone who loves language, literature, theatre, or scripture.

Past Performances


July 9, 2018

St. Jude Metropolitan Community Church, Wilmington, NC

August 11, 2018

Old Books on Front Street, Wilmington, NC

There are few events that have been a greater honor to host at Old Books on Front St. than King James Live’s presentation of Ashley Strand performing The Gospel According to Mark.   Mr. Strand’s experiential reading of Mark is incredibly moving not only as a performance of a piece of literature and as a collective experience of the life of Christ, but also as a personal connection with the intangible experience that brings art to life.   As a venue we were thrilled at the range of people who sought out and attended the event. But even more so, the discussion and engagement with the material that Mr. Strand’s performance inspired was exactly what we hope our programing accomplishes. Mr. Strand brings the Gospel to life in a compelling two hours that can take months, if not a lifetime, to fully process and understand. As a performance it transcends connection in any casual sense.


                                                                                                         -- Gwenyfar Rohler: Owner, Old Books, Wilmington, NC

St. Jude's MCC was delighted to host  King James Live for the premier reading of the gospel performed by Shakespearean actor Ashley Strand. What a delight this was for those of us who know the gospel, but rarely, if ever, have experienced the story as one act, from beginning to end. The Gospel of Mark was brought to life in a unique way.


                                                                              -- John McLaughlin: Pastor, St. Jude’s Metropolitan of  Wilmington, NC

August 11, 2018

Past Performances


What All the Buzz is About

"Whenever we put words into someone's mouth, or see the writing on the wall, or go from strength to strength, or eat, drink and be merry, or fight the good fight, or bemoan the signs of the times, or find a fly in the ointment, or use words such as 'long-suffering,' 'scapegoat' and 'peacemaker,' we are unconsciously quoting the King James Bible. More astounding, compared to Shakespeare's prodigal 31,000-word vocabulary, the King James Bible works its magic with a lexicon of just 12,000 words."

Robert McCrum


606 Morningside Drive

Wilmington, NC 28401

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