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.

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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.

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Only a few weeks to ‘The Flood’ & all the other Wagon Plays

The festival of Wagon Plays runs on Sunday 19 June & Sunday 26 June.

PLUS there will be two evening performances, in the Shambles Market, on Wednesday 22 June & Thursday 23 June

This year there are 8 plays, each partnered with a City Guild. We will be working with the Company of Cordwainers of the City of York  using a modernised script for both the Shipwrights – The Building of the Ark and Fishers and Mariners – The Flood. See our specialFLOOD page for more information.

Book your seat now for the covered, raked seating at King’s Manor and/or for the one of the evenings (limited to 100) in the Shambles Market. Just click the word TICKET

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

Find out more about the YMPST, its goals and what it has achieved so far.

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York Mystery Plays Waggons 2018 - The Harrowing Of Hell

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