The Return of the Original York Mystery Plays!

The Return of the Original
York Mystery Plays!

Returning for our 20th year, the York Mystery Plays
will take to the streets of York on the 9th, 12th and 16th September 2018!

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Become a part of the 2018 Plays!

Become a part of the 2018 Plays!

We’re on the lookout for cast, crew and audience
participants, would you like to be a part of the 2018
York Mystery Plays? Get in touch!

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A Celebration of Medieval Festivities

A Celebration of Medieval Festivities

Since 1998 our plays have taken to the streets of
York every 4 years to recreate the spectacle
of these Medieval festivities.

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Our City’s Literary and Theatrical Tradition

Our City’s Literary and
Theatrical Tradition

The staging of the York Mystery Plays is one of the
city’s greatest literary and theatrical traditions, and is
a hugely popular part of York’s cultural heritage.

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What are the York Mystery Plays?

The York Mystery Plays are a theatrical spectacle performed by the communities of the City of York. Originally a set of 48 plays performed by the medieval Guilds of York, they illustrate the Christian history of the world from the Creation to the Last Judgement. They contain stories of delight, humour, horror, temptation and resistance.

After several centuries lying dormant, the plays were resurrected in the 20th century with performances in the York Museum Gardens, performed by massive casts drawn from York’s community. Over time, many different groups and venues have hosted the tradition. In the 1990s, the Guilds of York reclaimed their heritage by producing a set of plays on waggons, as their medieval ancestors once did.

Whilst the plays belong to anyone in York who takes an interest in them, the Guilds and Companies are privileged to help bring the Plays to a new generation. We hope you will join us in 2018 as the waggons roll once more.

The Stories

The Stories

The York Mystery Plays are the joint creation of centuries of York citizens, from the medieval guilds of York to our modern performers and audiences. Find out more about those who make the plays happen.

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The Plays

The Plays

The York Mystery Plays are a cycle of 48 medieval plays covering the Christian history of the world from the creation to the Last Judgment. Find out more about the eleven plays chosen to represent the cycle in September 2018.

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The Venues

The Venues

How do you want to encounter the plays? Whether you’re a dedicated theatre-goer, on a picnic, or simply passing by, there’s a venue for you.

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The Guardians

The Guardians

Revived in the 20th century, the Gilds and Companies of York are inheritors to the ancient tradition of York’s Mystery Plays.

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