Game Of Thrones star chosen to play Jesus in York Minster Mystery Plays

The spectacular set for a spectacular production… the Mystery Plays are in York Minster this summer
16 Jan 2016 @ 10.23 am
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An actor who starred in Game Of Thrones and Coronation Street is to take on his most extraordinary role yet – Jesus Christ.

York Minster Mystery Plays

Thu May 26-Thu June 30

£40-£25, matinees from £15

Mystery Plays website

It was announced on Saturday (January 16) that Philip McGinley will play the lead role in this summer’s hotly-anticipated York Minster Mystery Plays.

The 34-year-old, currently starring in an adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Husbands And Sons at the National Theatre, will play Jesus in the cathedral’s production of the ancient plays.

Philip will join the cast in York on Sunday (January 17), when all 200-plus community performers taking part in the plays will meet for the first time for the first full read through of the script at the cathedral’s St William’s College.

Philip as archer Anguy with Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game Of Thrones. Photograph: HBO
Philip as archer Anguy with Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game Of Thrones. Photograph: HBO

“I’m hugely excited to be joining the cast of the York Minster Mystery Plays and I’m looking forward to meeting the rest of the team and getting started with rehearsals on Sunday,” Philip said.

He added:

The chance to play Jesus at York Minster doesn’t come round very often, so I’m thrilled to have been chosen for the part.

The Mystery Plays are world-famous and a huge part of the city and region’s cultural heritage, so it’s a fantastic project to be involved in and a rare chance to perform in a magnificent setting like York Minster.

Straight-shooting archer

Philip, who was born in Liverpool, is best known for his roles as archer Anguy in HBO series Game Of Thrones and as Tom Kerrigan in Coronation Street.

He has also recently appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Great Expectations and ITV drama Home Fires.

Phillip Breen, director of the York Minster Mystery Plays, said he was delighted Philip was playing Jesus.

He’s a real rising star of the British theatre.

His acting credentials range from film to major TV series, as well as numerous productions at major theatres so he brings a wealth of experience to the part and the wider production.

‘Greatest story ever told’

The plays, which run from Thursday 26 May to Thursday 30 June dramatise the greatest story ever told – from the creation of heaven and earth to the last judgement.

The Minster’s production is being developed by an award winning artistic team, including director Phillip Breen, of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and writer Mike Poulton, who recently wrote the scripts for the RSC’s productions of Hilary Mantel’s global best-selling novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.

Tickets for the production are now on sale.