York Mystery Plays

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The following links may be of interest to users of this site. Please note, however, that these links will take you to the sites of other organisations, for which we can take no responsibility.

York Civic Trust

Promoting heritage, shaping tomorrow.

Guilds of York

The Guilds of York have presented the York Mystery Plays on wagons in the streets of the city in several four-yearly cycles, the latest September 2018. 

City of York Council

The City archive (held in York Explore) includes Mystery Play material, such as this painting, below left, by Eileen White. Her painting featured in the exhibition including the Mystery Plays described in this page.Creation painted by Eileen White

York Theatre Royal

The Theatre was the venue for the Mystery Plays in 1992 and 1996. In 2012 they produced the Plays in Museum Gardens.

Heritage Lottery Fund

The original funder of this website.

York Minster

Interior below right. Setting of the Millennium production of the Mystery Plays and the 2016 production.

York Minster drawn in 1999

BBC Radio York

The York Waits

Performers of Early Music in York, pictured here.

York Waits at Minster

The National Centre for Early Music

Home of the Mystery Play Archive, of Early Music Festivals and of all sorts of music.

The Taborers' Society

Acoustic Research site funded by the British Academy

Visit York   The site for York tourism.

Yorkshire Museum

Run by York Museums Trust, but originally founded in 1830 by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society. The Society owned the Museum Gardens and St Mary's Abbey until 1961.

York Archaeological Trust

York Archaeological Trust runs Jorvik Viking Museum, Barley Hall, DIG, Micklegate Bar Museum (Henry VII) and Monk Bar Museum (Richard III) in the city. Members of the Friends of YAT have free entry to all five attractions. Among YAT publications is Nicola Rogers' book on the Guilds of York and their medieval performances of the Mystery Plays: Medieval Craft and Mystery.

York Settlement Community Players (Facebook page here)

1963 Wagon Play programme

Set up in 1922, this York acting group gave Judi Dench her first taste of Mystery Play acting.

Yorkshire Film Archive

The Film Archive has many films about York, and about the Mystery Plays and other drama.  One item is an 80 minute film made by Patrick Olsen about the 1973 Mystery Plays: Film ID 2041.

York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust

A membership group of enthusiasts and actors set up after the 2012 production, to support further productions of the Plays in York.  

Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society   

Founded in 1842 to explore civic and ecclesiastical history.  Their 2017 York Historian has a major article about York Mystery Plays

York Guides plaque

Association of Voluntary Guides to York

This group of guides to the city began in York the same year as the modern Mystery Plays

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