08.08.12

The greatest story ever told

More than 36,000 people are set to experience the north's most spectacular piece of theatre this summer - the return of York Mystery Plays 2012 to York Museum Gardens.

York Mystery Play

Performed against the magnificent backdrop of St Mary's Abbey, a cast of more than 500 is led by Ferdinand Kingsley, playing God and Jesus, and former Coronation Street villain Graeme Hawley as the Devil.

The Olivier Award winning team behind The Railway Children,  created the huge production which is set to be one of the cultural highlights of the summer.

From Creation to the Last Judgement, these plays form part of the greatest story ever told - the story of God, man and woman and the cosmic battle between good and evil.


The plays are a significant part of York’s rich heritage and were first performed in the city in the 14th Century.

Graeme Hawley playing Satan

Produced by York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre Company and York Museums Trust and supported by City of York Council, it is the first time the plays have been performed in the Museum Gardens since 1988.

The plays are taking place in the Museum Gardens from 2 August to 27 August 2012, with covered seating for 1,400 people being especially built around the ancient walls of St Mary’s Abbey. More than 1,700 local people joined forces with a large professional team to help create this spectacular production. It is the first large scale performance since the plays were held in York Minster in 2000. 

Ferdinand Kingsley playing Jesus

LISTINGS INFORMATION
Venue:                                     St Mary’s Abbey, York Museum Gardens, York
Dates:                                      2 - 27 August 2012
Press Night:                            8 August at 7.30pm
Performances:                        Tuesday - Sunday at 7.30pm Saturday at 2.30pm
Prices:                                     £12 to £42
Box Office:                             01904 623568

Website:                                  www.yorkmysteryplays2012.com 

Pictures © Kippa Matthews.

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