August 2- 27 York Mystery Plays 2012

Produced by York Theatre Royal, York Museum's Trust, Riding Lights Theatre

If you're coming to York this summer why not join in with the North's most spectacular piece of Theatre. A cast of over 600 people will tell the greatest story ever told in one of the city's most iconic medieval settings.

The medieval cycle of York Mystery Plays has been performed by the people of York across the centuries and is a world-famous part of the city's cultural heritage.

From Creation to the Last Judgement, these plays form one of the greatest stories ever told. In summer 2012, the story of God, of man and woman and of the cosmic struggle between good and evil will be presented on an epic scale against the magnificent backdrop of St Mary's Abbey in York.

For the first time since 1988 in a production of this size, the Plays will return to York Museum Gardens, where a 1400-seat theatre will be constructed complete with rain canopy within the ancient walls of the Abbey.

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York Mystery Plays 2012

A play steeped in history, in such an historic setting. The plays will be acted out by professional actors and around 1,000 local people young and old who have been rehearsing for the best part of year to put on this great performance. It happens in the summer every four years but this year is extra special as it returns to the original venue of the Museum gardens after being staged in both the Theatre Royal and the Minster during recent years. The plays have been staged every four years since 1951 celebrating the Festival of Britain until present day celebrating York 800, celebrating 800 years of being a self-governing City. The mystery plays historically detail stories from the Old and New Testament of the Bible with an eye for intricate detail from creation to the death and resurrection of Jesus and beyond. This promises to be a great three hours of drama, suitable for everybody, remember some of the names of people in the cast because you never know where they might end up, a lady called Dame Judi Dench started out in the York Mystery Plays.