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Queen Elizabeth with cast members God (Frank Shelley), Satan (Robert Rietty), Christ (Brian Spink).

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Photographs : 1957 photo: Queen Elizabeth meets the cast

Item type: Photographs
Archive reference: YMP/A/3/1/1
Date/year: 1957
Description: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II meets the cast of the plays, including God (Frank Shelley), Satan (Robert Rietty), Christ (Brian Spink) and with Eileen Skaife on the right-hand side.
In 1957 when the Queen came, the weather prevented a performance but the Queen went back-stage anyway.
Visits of the Queen to York are very interestingly described in the interview of journalist John Scott, held in the NCEM archive and available as a transcript or audio.  He describes the Household Cavalry also being in York to accompany the Queen, camping on the Knavesmire. The huge horses frighteningly filled the narrow streets.

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