Countdown starts to York Mystery Plays

York Press: York Mystery Plays 2012

4:32pm Sunday 25th May 2014

A CEREMONY dating back to the 15th century has marked the official start of preparations for this summer’s York Mystery Plays.

Mystery Plays volunteers reunite

York Press: The York Mystery Plays 2012 reunion picnic in Museum Gardens

3:00pm Sunday 4th August 2013

VOLUNTEERS from last year’s York Mystery Plays have gathered in the Museum Gardens for a reunion picnic.

Mystery Plays team invited to get together for picnic

York Press: Graeme Hawley, left, as the Devil, and Ferdinand Kingsley, as Jesus, in a scene from the York Mystery Plays being staged in the Museum Gardens

9:31am Friday 2nd August 2013

HUNDREDS of people who were involved in last summer’s spectacular outdoor production of the York Mystery Plays are being invited to a reunion picnic in the Museum Gardens.

New group formed to keep York Mystery Plays alive

York Press: Supporters’ Trust chairman Alex Hughes; Mystery Plays co-directors Paul Burbridge and Damian Cruden; Trust communications officer James Eaglesfield; Trust vice-chairman Linda Terry and director of the National Centre For Early Music, Delma Tomlin

7:55am Wednesday 13th March 2013

A NEW group has been launched to keep the York Mystery Plays tradition alive following the runaway success of last summer’s spectacular outdoor production.

Mystery Plays backers

9:07am Wednesday 20th February 2013

A GROUP has been set up to support and help promote a centuries-old theatrical tradition.

Mystery Plays campaign shortlisted for award

7:48am Wednesday 3rd October 2012

THE marketing campaign for this summer’s York Mystery Plays has been shortlisted for a prestigious Theatre Management Award.

Mystery Plays costumes on sale

York Press: Nathan Unthank, who played Adam in the Mystery Plays

9:29am Friday 14th September 2012

BARGAIN hunters will have a field day tomorrow when hundreds of costumes and shoes worn during the York Mystery Plays are put on sale.

32,000 see Mystery Plays’ historic return

York Press: Jo Keogh, a member of the backstage production team, wheels away a topiary giraffe from the set of the Mystery Plays after the last performance

10:28am Wednesday 29th August 2012

MORE than 32,000 people watched the York 2012 Mystery Plays in Museum Gardens, organisers have revealed.

Archbishop of York to lead prayers after Mystery Plays

9:20am Friday 24th August 2012

THE Archbishop of York is set to be in the audience of tonight’s performance of the Plays – and is inviting people to join him in saying night prayers straight afterwards.

Success for York Mystery Plays

York Press: Ferdinand Kingsley will be taking on the roles of God and Jesus in the York Mystery Plays 2012 which start tonight

9:18am Friday 24th August 2012

MORE than 31,000 tickets have now been sold for the York Mystery Plays , beating the 30,000 target set by organisers.

Rave reviews for York Mystery Plays

8:46am Saturday 18th August 2012

THE York Mystery Plays have been winning rave reviews from national theatre critics, who have hailed them as a “splendid spectacle” and a production which “shimmers with life”.

Mystery Plays cast members talk about their roles

York Press: Jessica Fisher as the Woman Taken In Adultery

2:13pm Friday 17th August 2012

Two cast members of the Mystery Plays who share the same role talk to Charles Hutchinson

Mystery Plays scenes enacted in window of York store

10:24am Friday 17th August 2012

SHOPPERS in York city centre tomorrow will seen scenes from the Mystery Plays enacted in a department store’s windows.

Review: York Mystery Plays 2012, Museum Gardens, York, until August 27

York Press: York Mystery Plays

12:10pm Friday 10th August 2012

GOD created the world in six days and then he rested on the seventh. It has taken 12 long years and more than a million pounds to create the York Mystery Plays 2012, the first in the Museum Gardens since 1988 and the first on the grandest scale since Gregory Doran’s awe-inspiring production in York Minster in 2000.

York Guilds to perform two York Mystery Plays on wagons

York Press: Jeremy Muldowney with HM Raven Gabriel

11:59am Friday 10th August 2012

AS a complement and contrast to the 2012 Mysteries in the Museum Gardens, the Guilds and Companies of York will “bring forth” two special performances of plays from the York Mystery Plays this weekend.

It’s the art of Mystery

York Press: Brian Lewis, left, with Italian artist Michele Damiano

11:49am Friday 10th August 2012

IN celebration of the York Mystery Plays 2012, York arts enterprise New Visuality is collaborating with York Theatre Royal and York City Centre Churches for an exhibition by two contrasting artists, divided by 50 years and nationality.

York Mystery Plays 2012 live on the internet

York Press: Ferdinand Kingsley as Jesus in a crowd   Picture:  Eloise Ross

9:51am Tuesday 7th August 2012

IF you think pressing the red button on your television console is the ultimate tool for alternative viewing choices, welcome to the future.

Mystery Plays trailer launched

12:04pm Monday 6th August 2012

A ‘STUNNING’ trailer for York’s Mystery Plays has been launched by organisers of the spectacular production in the Museum Gardens.   The cinema-style video features dramatic key scenes from the plays, from Noah’s Ark to the Crucifixion, set against the backdrop of the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey. 

Mystery Plays get off to a good start

10:23am Saturday 4th August 2012

 THE York Mystery Plays got off to a good start in front of an audience of about 1,000 people – protected from occasional showers by coverings over the stands.

God vs the Devil

York Press: Ferdinand Kingsley who plays both God and Jesus

11:47am Friday 3rd August 2012

As the Mystery Plays open, Charles Hutchinson switches between the dark and bright sides

Spectacular return for historic performances

9:37am Friday 3rd August 2012

THE York Mystery Plays have finally returned to the spectacular setting of the Museum Gardens for the first time since 1988.

Mystery Plays return to streets of York

York Press: Ferdinand Kingsley will be taking on the roles of God and Jesus in the York Mystery Plays 2012 which start tonight

9:50am Thursday 2nd August 2012

A TRADITION spanning hundreds of years will make its long-awaited return to York tonight.

Mystery Plays: The fight between good and evil

York Press: Graeme Hawley, left, as the Devil, and Ferdinand Kingsley, as Jesus, in a scene from the York Mystery Plays being staged in the Museum Gardens

9:31am Wednesday 1st August 2012

THE lead actors in York’s Mystery Plays have been running through one of their big scenes in preparation for tomorrow’s opening night.

Go-ahead given to fell Fergie’s tree

York Press: The tree in Museum Gardens after having its branches pruned to make way for seating at The Mystery Plays.

10:37am Tuesday 31st July 2012

CITY of York Council has given the go-ahead for a tree in the Museum Gardens to be cut down.

Mystery Plays put in the picture

York Press: Laura Turner, curator of Art at York Art Gallery, with the two Mystery Plays paintings on display. Johny Smyth’s York Mystery Plays 2012, left, and Stanley Spencer’s The Deposition and Rolling Away Of the Stone

8:08am Tuesday 31st July 2012

AN ICONIC painting by the artist Stanley Spencer has gone on show at York Art Gallery – next to the original artwork for York Mystery Plays , which was inspired by his work.

Key players in York Mystery Plays 2012

York Press: A view of Sean Cavanagh’s stage design  Picture: Katalin Galuska

12:33pm Friday 27th July 2012

With The York Mystery Plays 2012 about to open, CHARLES HUTCHINSON profiles three key players in the production

Mystery Plays snapped up

York Press: Mystery Plays technical rehearsal on July 22 Picture: Alan Harris

1:51pm Thursday 26th July 2012

As the York Mystery Plays 2012 reach the final stages of rehearsal, CHARLES HUTCHINSON looks at the work of volunteer photographers who have been documenting their evolution

Mystery Plays wagons to head to Italy

9:21am Wednesday 25th July 2012

MYSTERY surrounds the decision by a group of actors to travel overseas for their very own Italian job.

More Park&Ride buses for Mystery Plays

8:35am Tuesday 24th July 2012

EXTRA Park&Ride services are to be laid on as the York Mystery Plays return to the city next month.

Cinema screenings to boost Mystery Plays

10:05am Monday 23rd July 2012

YORK’S City Screen cinema is backing the York Mystery Plays by showing short trailers produced by local company Fresh Label to publicise the Plays before main film screenings.

Archbishop of York boards Noah’s Ark

York Press: The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, on Noah’s Ark

9:44am Friday 20th July 2012

THE Archbishop of York has climbed on board Noah’s Ark - just as the sun came out and weathermen predicted an end to Britain’s storms and floods.

Matinee tickets for Mystery Plays almost sold out

9:59am Thursday 19th July 2012

TICKETS have now all but sold out for some matinee performances of the York Mystery Plays , as box office staff have been swamped with inquiries.

Enterprise will cater for Mystery Plays audiences

9:25am Wednesday 18th July 2012

A SOCIAL enterprise which helps people who have “lost their way” get back into work will serve up food to audiences prior to each performance of the York Mystery Plays .

This drama moves heaven and earth

York Press: Ferdinand Kingsley as God

9:36am Wednesday 18th July 2012

A great medieval tradition returns to Museum Gardens this summer. STEPHEN LEWS attends a rehearsal of this year’s York Mystery Plays

Hitting the right notes at York Mystery Plays

York Press: A brass band will perform during each performance of the York Mystery Plays next month

7:51am Tuesday 17th July 2012

SCORES of singers and brass band players are preparing to bring music to the York Mystery Plays next month.

Mystery Plays' stage takes shape

8:33am Monday 16th July 2012

WORKMEN have begun constructing the huge stage in the Museum Gardens for this summer’s York Mystery Plays.

19,000 tickets sold for Mystery Plays

8:34am Saturday 14th July 2012

ALMOST 19,000 tickets have now been sold for the York Mystery Plays – and some matinee performances are almost sold out.

Pre-show entertainers sought for Mystery Plays

8:25am Friday 13th July 2012

ORGANISERS of the York Mystery Plays are appealing for musicians, actors and street performers to come forward to provide pre-show entertainment in the Museum Gardens.

The stage is set for York Mystery Plays

York Press: Actors Ferdinand Kingsley, right, and Graeme Hawley, take a look at the model of the performance area

9:39am Tuesday 26th June 2012

MYSTERY Plays actors Ferdinand Kingsley, who will play God and Jesus Christ, and Graeme Hawley, who will play Satan, take a look at the model of the performance area which will be set against the backdrop of the ruins of St Mary's Abbey.

Actors playing God and the Devil in York Mystery Plays meet in Museum Gardens

York Press: Ferdinand Kingsley (God) and Graeme Hawley (Devil), in the York Mystery Plays in the Museum Gardens

11:33am Saturday 23rd June 2012

WHEN God met the Devil in York yesterday not even the combined forces of Good and Evil could banish the teeming rain.

Princess Beatrice visits Mystery Plays costume workshops

York Press: Princess Beatrice tries her hand at pattern cutting as she cuts her way through material for an angel costume at the York Mystery Plays’ costume workshop, watched by community costume supervisor Janet Hull

8:30am Wednesday 20th June 2012

PRINCESS Beatrice of York has visited the York Mystery Plays costume workshops to see some of the 3,000 items being made for the outdoor spectacular this summer.

Event raises bags of cash for Mystery Plays

York Press: Louise Stock, of Tang Hall, fourth from right, was given a helping hand by Lady Jane Gibson, the wife of Morrisons chairman Sir Ian Gibson, when she visited the Morrisons store in Foss Islands Road, York on Saturday.

8:32am Monday 18th June 2012

SHOPPERS at a Morrisons store in York were helped in packing their bags by Lady Gibson, wife of the supermarket group’s chairman, Sir Ian Gibson.

Mystery Plays ticket sales top 10,000

8:35am Monday 4th June 2012

TICKET sales for this summer’s York Mystery Plays have broken through the 10,000 barrier – with bookings coming from as far away as the USA, Canada and Greece.

‘Devil’s’ delight at landing York Mystery Plays role

8:33am Wednesday 30th May 2012

THE “Corrie killer” chosen to play the Devil in this summer’s York Mystery Plays has spoken of his delight at landing the role.

Coronation Street villain to play Satan in York’s Mystery Plays

York Press: Graeme Hawley

9:37am Tuesday 29th May 2012

WHAT the devil? The actor who played one of Coronation Street’s most infamous villains is to play Satan in York’s Mystery Plays this summer.

Meet God - and Jesus Christ

York Press: Ferdinand Kingsley, who will play the roles of God and Jesus Christ in York's Mystery Plays

12:10am Thursday 24th May 2012

Ferdinand Kingsley, the son of Scarborough-born stage and screen star Ben Kingsley, will play both roles in this summer’s York Mystery Plays.

York students to design Three Kings costumes for Mystery Plays

York Press: York Mystery Plays’ costume designer Anna Gooch, right,           talks to students about the design brief

8:10am Thursday 19th April 2012

STUDENTS at York College are to design costumes for the Three Kings in this summer’s York Mystery Plays, while others will be applying actors’ make-up throughout the month-long spectacular.

Mystery Plays cast perform read-through of script

York Press: Actors  Luke Hobson and Maddie Drury, who play Adam and Eve in the York Mystery Plays, on stage at York Theatre Royal with some of the cast of 600

9:06am Monday 16th April 2012

YORK Theatre Royal was filled yesterday, not with an audience but with the cast of this year’s Mystery Plays.

Choir and band lined up for Mystery Plays

York Press: A brass band and a choir are being formed to add to the spectacle of this summer’s Mystery Plays in York

7:41am Wednesday 21st March 2012

A SPECIAL brass band and choir is to be created for the York Mystery Plays this summer, as organisers seek to create a musical as well as a theatrical spectacular.

Same actor to play roles of God and Jesus in York Mystery Plays

9:24am Friday 16th March 2012

THE roles of God and Jesus in the York Mystery Plays 2012 will be played by the same actor, although the identity of the professional performer charged with that challenge remains a mystery.


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