York Mystery Plays 2014

We are delighted to announce that St Luke’s have once again been invited to take part in the waggon plays edition of the world famous York Mystery Plays in 2014.

Over two weekends in July, the city centre will be taken over by groups of brightly costumed performers presenting episodes of the Christian story on and around their waggon mounted sets, accompanied by singers and musicians and maybe the odd donkey or two (who knows?). Those familiar with previous productions will know this is a spectacle not to be missed and something quite unique to the city of York.

The York Mystery Plays were first performed in the fourteenth century by the Guilds of York. They were performed every year on the feast of Corpus Christi and told the Christian story from the beginning of time to the Last Judgement. In the Sixteenth century the plays came to an end and were not performed again until they were revived as a single stage production in the Museum Gardens as part of the Festival of Britain in 1951. In 1994 they were taken back onto the streets of York performed on waggons and this style of production has been repeated every four years since.

This production will be quite a milestone for St Luke’s. We were first invited to participate in this style of community Mystery Play production way back in 1994 (can it really be twenty years ago?) and a number of us have performed in every production since. Over the years we have established a reputation for the high standard of our performance, music, and the inclusive nature of our group.

In 2014, twelve plays will be performed by various groups from around York on the 13th and 20th July. For this production St. Luke’s has been offered the play of The Harrowing of Hell.

This will provide opportunities for people to participate in the play in speaking roles, as singers, as waggon pushers and as non-speaking actors. We will also need people to help with set-building, costume-making and prop-making. This is a great way to get involved in a fun event, get to know other people at St Luke’s and work as a community. Come by yourself or bring the whole family but please make a note of these dates in your diary and consider getting involved.

If you want to know anything more about the plays, please speak to Mike Tyler or email via the Contact Us link above.

2002 - Noah's Ark 2002
Noah's Ark
The Entry into Jerusalem
2006 - The Entry into Jerusalem


2010 - The Agony in the Garden & The Betrayal

The Agony in the Garden / The Betrayal

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