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News release - Issued by York Minster

York Minster announces Box Office opening date and supplier for Mystery Plays 2016 

Tickets for the Mystery Plays 2016 - the biggest event York Minster has ever staged - will go on sale on Wednesday 13 January, the cathedral has announced.

The Minster’s cavernous Nave will be transformed into a 1,000 seater auditorium for the production of the famous Plays, which return to the cathedral for the first time in 16 years and only the second time in their history on 26 May 2016, for a five week run.

In keeping with tradition, a community cast will form the heart of the production with just one professional actor. The cast will be supported by an army of backstage volunteers, the York Minster MysteryMakers.

The scale of the production and anticipated high demand for tickets has prompted the Minster to invite a number of experienced box office providers, both national and regional, to tender for the contract. A combination of strong track record, local knowledge and expertise resulted in the contract being offered to the York Theatre Royal.

Nicola Corp, Producer of the York Minster Mystery Plays 2016, said: “We’re delighted to be working with York Theatre Royal to provide our Box Office for the York Minster Mystery Plays in 2016.

“This will be a fabulous production on a monumental scale – we’re expecting over 40,000 people to come and see the Plays over the course of their run. Customer service is crucial to us, as is the rich Plays tradition in the city, so who better to work with than the York Theatre Royal? In a strong field of potential providers, no-one offered a better service than our (almost) neighbours, so we’re looking forward to working together very much.”

Liam Evans-Ford, Associate Producer at York Theatre Royal, said: “York Theatre Royal is delighted to be working with the team at York Minster to provide a ticketing service for the Mystery Plays 2016.

“This will continue our long standing history with the Mystery Plays and offer audience members, both old and new, an opportunity to see the exciting and unique production which the Minster Mystery Team and members of the community will deliver next summer.

“The Minster is continuing a tradition that we all hope will continue for another 800 years – and we are very proud to play our small part towards the event.”

Tickets for the production will be available to purchase from 9:30am on Wednesday 13 January via the York Minster Mystery Plays website at or by calling 01904 623568. People will also be able to purchase tickets by visiting the Theatre Royal’s Box Office at the De Grey Rooms in St Leonards Place and from York Minster’s visitor admission desks.

The Minster’s production will be directed by Phillip Breen and the script has been written by Mike Poulton. For full details about the production, visit


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