Saturday 3rd July at 2pm

Thank you for attending the Mystery Plays production!

Adapted from the medieval York Mystery Plays on 3 & 4 July this year in Resident’s Garden, Dean’s Park, York. This is a joint, outdoor, production between the Supporters’ Trust, York Festival Trust, and York Minster. It will be staged on two pageant wagons.

There are 3 performances on each date – 11am, 2pm and 4pm. Each lasts about 1 hour. The live stream on this webpage will host the one show on Saturday 3rd July at 2pm only. However you can still book your tickets and attend in person using the link below:

We are bringing an outdoor production from York’s Mystery Play cycle to the city on 3 and 4 July 2021.  Philip Parr is directing a cast of community actors and musicians in an hour-long production, which looks at the experience of people after the crucifixion of Christ.  The production moves us from an experience of terror and suffering to one of hope of a brighter future and reflects the feelings of a society affected by the pandemic.  Hope is the key theme.

The play takes place in the Residents’ Gardens adjoining Dean’s Park at York Minster and is the result of a three-way partnership between York Festival Trust, York Minster, and York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust.

 Tickets and things you might need to know!

  • You can buy your ticket by following the above link to Ticketsource
  • It is an outdoor production with no seating provided – but bring your own chair or rug if you wish to sit.
  • It costs £5 and there will be no refund for cancellation due to bad weather.
  • There is no charge for pre-school age children or for carers accompanying wheelchair users.
  • No refreshments or toilets are available on site.  The nearest public toilets are in Exhibition Square, and in Silver Street (in Shambles Market).
  • The nearest parking is at Monk Bar car park, off Lord Mayor’s Walk, and at Bootham Row, Bootham.
  • You can be dropped off by car at the entrance to Deans Park and there is parking for blue badge holders in Duncombe Place.
  • The production will be operating within the Government’s Covid 19 guidelines current at the time.


A Resurrection for York

Cast List


Pilgrim 1.     Wilma Edwards

Pilgrim 2.    Michael Maybridge

Pilgrim 3.     Victoria Roooker

Pilgrim 4.     Mary Callan

Pilgrim 5.     Nick Jones                    Narrator

Pilgrim 6.     Sally Maybridge          Narrator, Peter

Pilgrim 7.     Chris Pomfrett             John

Pilgrim 9.     Julie Speedie

Pilgrim 10.   Judith Ireland             Mary, Mother of Christ

Pilgrim 11.    Jodie Fletcher             Mary Cleophas

Pilgrim 12.    Tony Froud                 Joseph of Arimathea

Pilgrim 13.    Sonia di Lorenzo       Nicodemus

Pilgrim 14.    Emily Hansen            Mary Magdalene

Pilgrim 15.    Raqhael Harte.           Thomas

Pilgrim 16.    Samuel Valentine      Centurion

Pilgrim 17.    David Harrison           Soldier 1

Pilgrim 18.    Harold Mozley            Soldier 2

Pilgrim 19.    Janice Newton            Soldier 3

Pilgrim 20.   Colin Lea                      Soldier 4

A Visitor        David Denbigh


Director         Philip Parr

Associate Director      Terry Ram

Producer       Simon Tompsett

Photographs of outdoor Mystery Plays

Brought to you by:

(with the assistance of the Passion Trust & The Lord Mayor’s Two Rivers Fund)

York Mystery Plays are a magnificent example of medieval drama. Using the colourful language of medieval Yorkshire, they presented the ‘history of the world’ from the mystery of God’s Creation, through the birth, death and resurrection of Christ, to the Last Judgement.

To the townspeople who first drew together to perform and watch what they called the Corpus Christi Plays, the battle between Good and Evil was not theoretical theology, but an all-pervading fact of life. Disease and sudden death were an ever-present threat.  The plays were first written shortly after the Black Death reached Britain. They taught a simple message, but not in a simple way. Whereas the Bible was in Latin, these plays were in English.  Written to appeal to all sections of the community, they were sophisticated, often lavish, always theatrical.

The Cycle of Plays was made up of a number of individual pageants: 48 are known.  These separate episodes were originally presented on wagons through the streets, by York’s guilds of craftsmen: their crafts were also known as ‘mysteries’, hence the name of the Plays. Different guilds often presented appropriate scenes, so for example the Shipwrights were responsible for the Building of the Ark, while the Butchers played the Death of Christ.

Revived in the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, they used text transcribed from British Library manuscript, Add MS 35290.  The Plays have been performed and adapted many times since in a variety of locations – always by an enthusiastic volunteer cast to an enthralled audience.  This is indeed the ‘greatest story ever told’.

Live Stream Brought to you by:

A Ressurection for York Address

Resident’s Garden, Dean’s Park, York, YO1 7JQ
Sat 3rd July, 2pm, 2021

Thank you for joining us- Contact Us!

If you have any questions about the Plays, the performers, or how to get involved please get in touch!

YMPST: https://ympst.co.uk/

YFT: https://www.yorkmysteryplays.co.uk/

York Minster: https://yorkminster.org/whats-on/event/resurrection-for-york-wagon-plays/

York Early Music Centre (for a history of modern productions): http://www.yorkmysteryplays.org


This video is available for anyone, anywhere to watch for free. If you would like to make a donation, please go to https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/17360.

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