Updated: Aug 20, 2018
The York Mystery Plays are a theatrical spectacle performed by the communities of the City of York. Originally a set of 48 plays performed by the medieval Guilds of York, they illustrate the Christian history of the world from the Creation to the Last Judgement. They contain stories of delight, humour, horror, temptation and resistance.
After several centuries lying dormant, the plays were resurrected in the 20th century with performances in the York Museum Gardens, performed by massive casts drawn from York’s community. Over time, many different groups and venues have hosted the tradition. In the 1990s, the Guilds of York reclaimed their heritage by producing a set of plays on waggons, as their medieval ancestors once did.
Whilst the plays belong to anyone in York who takes an interest in them, the Guilds and Companies are privileged to help bring the Plays to a new generation. We hope you will join us in 2018 as the waggons roll once more.
The York Mystery Plays 2018 Need your Support
As members of the Guild of Media Arts, we welcome you to contribute to our efforts to support fellow guilds, trade in the city and how it is represented. One of the oldest traditions in York in which Guilds work together for the greater cultural good is the Mystery Plays.
We need to raise a further £4735 by end of August.
If we don’t hit this target, we don’t get anything. Out of many Guilds with 100s of members who are participating in this year's Mystery Plays, we are confident that we can achieve this financial target with the support of guild members from across the city of York.
We would appreciate any help in sharing this message far and wide for the benefit of our Guild and every Guild and York itself.
We look forward to seeing you at the Mystery Plays, next month or welcoming you to our team as a waggon pusher for the Guild of Media Arts.