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York Mystery Plays 2016

York Mystery Plays 2016







The York Mystery Plays dramatise the greatest story ever told, from the creation of heaven and earth to the last judgement.  It’s a story of good versus evil, of life and death and of love, betrayal, loss and hope.  In May 2016 it will be presented on a monumental scale in an extraordinary setting.


Patron and President confirmed

His Royal Highness the Duke of York and the Archbishop of York have been confirmed as Patron and President for the York Mystery Plays 2016.  Both HRH and the Archbishop have been long standing supporters of the Plays, which return to the Minster in May 2016 for only the second time in their near 700 year history.

The Duke of York said, “I am delighted that the York Mystery Plays are once again to be performed in the setting of the minster and as Patron, I wish great success to all those who are involved.”

Dr Sentamu, who was Patron of the plays at the Museum Gardens in 2012, said, “I’m thrilled that York Minster is continuing the region’s cultural and religious heritage by staging the Mystery Plays next year.  To have God’s story from creation to last judgement brought to life in this place of wonder will I hope inspire all who come to see it, as the Minster itself has inspired people for over a millennium.”


Calling all Mystery Makers


York Minster Nave









The medieval Minster’s magnificent Nave will be transformed into a 1,000 seater auditorium for the production, which opens on Thursday 26 May – the feast of Corpus Christi – and runs for five weeks and 46 performances until Thursday 30 June.

In keeping with tradition, a community cast will be at the centre of the production with just one professional actor, and recruitment for key roles including Adam, Eve, Noah and Satan is taking place this autumn.

An army of behind-the-scenes volunteers known as Mystery Makers are also currently being recuited for roles from prop makers to wardrobe assistants, seamstresses to backstage crew.


For more details about how to apply to be part of the 2016 cast or crew, visit or follow #MysteryPlays.


Tickets for the 2016 production go on sale in January 2016.