Chester Mystery Plays


undefinedIn July 2013 the next cycle of the Chester Mystery Plays will take place in the cathedral. Casting for the production has been underway recently. Our picture shows a scene of joy from the 2008 production. Mystery plays began in the Middle Ages as short pieces of drama to help ordinary people understand the bible stories.

In the early 1600s the mystery plays lapsed, but a complete set of scripts survived and served as the basis of the modern re-enactments which have been staged every five years since 1951.

The plays involve hundreds of volunteers from in and around Chester, who work under the direction of a core team of professionals, and the Mystery Plays Board.

Cycle by cycle, the Chester mystery plays have become more accomplished and spectacular. They are treated as big theatrical events and have received critical acclaim in the national media.
In recent times, the Chester plays have been staged on the Cathedral Green, but next summer they will be performed inside the cathedral. 
The plays will present stories from the New and Old Testaments as a single performance, lasting around three hours.
They will be performed in the nave of the cathedral with the audience in a specially constructed grandstand giving everyone a clear view.

For more information visit or phone Church Group Co-ordinator Colin McNae on 01244 380433.


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