York Mystery Plays and the YMPST

Keeping the story alive

Supporting and maintaining the community tradition of the Mystery Plays in the city of York.

The History of
York Mystery Plays

York Mystery Plays archive 1976

The York Mystery Plays are a cycle of 48 pageants (individual plays) covering biblical events from Creation to the Last Judgement.  Other Mystery Play cycles exist but York stands out as having the most complete.

Recent York Mystery
Plays Productions

Resurrection for York took place on 3 & 4 July 2021 in Resident’s Garden, Dean’s Park, York. This was a community, outdoor, production between the Trust, York Festival Trust and York Minster. It was staged on two wagons, in an enclosed area, in order to meet current national guidelines.

YMPST Mystery
Plays Productions

York Mystery Plays Waggons 2018 - The Harrowing Of Hell

The Trust staged the first of its own productions , the Entry to Jerusalem directed by Simon Tompsett , as part of the Wagon Play pageant of 2014.  In 2018, again took part in the Waggon Play cycle with the Harrowing of Hell, directed by Ben Prusiner.

York Mystery Plays: an opportunity for aspiring directors

The YMPST are looking for three York-based directors, each of whom will adapt and direct one of the York Mystery Plays. No directing experience is needed: this would suit someone with an interest in the mystery cycle itself, in historical theatre, York’s local history, site-specific theatre, or who would simply like to gain some experience directing a play. This is an unpaid opportunity, but you will be fully supported throughout the process, mentored by an experienced director, Tom Straszewski, and assisted by YMPST. You will also be given a small budget for props, costumes, etc.

Interviews for short-listed applicants will take place in February, and the successful directors will start auditions and rehearsals in mid to late March. The performances of these ‘mini-mysteries’ will take place on 1 June, each in a different venue along Micklegate, where the original York Mystery Plays would begin their performance cycle.

Full info: New Directors 2024

The York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust

YMPST was set up after the 2012 York Mystery Plays in Museum Gardens. We are a charitable incorporated organisation which exists to advance the education of the public in the medieval Mystery Plays of York.


York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust raising funds at St Crux

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York Mystery Plays Waggons 2018 - The Harrowing Of Hell

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