Mystery Plays

York mysteries with a modern twist

A new take on the ancient cycle of mystery plays, the Modern Mysteries are six short plays being performed in Museum Gardens by local writers. Listen to one of their dramas.

Review: York Mystery Plays 2012

Years in the planning, the York Mystery Plays are here at last. So should you go see them? Read YorkMix reviewer Julia Kelpie’s verdict

Time-lapse footage shows epic scale of Mystery

Can a 1,400-seat open air stage be built in less than two minutes? Why yes – if you’re seeing it happen on a time-lapse film at any rate. Watch and wonder as the Mystery Plays set takes shape before your eyes.

‘When I came on for the Birth of Christ, it poured down’

She was a long way from Oscars and Damehoods in 1951, but Judi Dench’s role in the York Mystery Plays set her on the path to superstardom. From being a forgetful angel aged 17 to the Virgin Mary six years later, Dame Judi will never forget those special, not to say rainy, performances in Museum Gardens.

York Mystery Plays: latest from the bloggers

As the first social media Mystery Plays we have a unique insight into the behind the scenes preparations. Bloggers from the cast and crew are charting rehearsals, costume fittings and acting under canvas. Here are their latest posts

Corrie murderer takes on lighter role. The Devil

One of soap’s greatest villains is set to play the biggest, baddest guy of all. We have the full gen on Graeme Hawley’s role in the York Mystery Plays, his full soap history and a fantastic clip of him in action…