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News release - Issued by York Minster

Minster to close for the great Mystery Plays de-rig

York Minster will close for three days in July for de-rig and clean-up of the cathedral at the end of the five week run of the York Minster Mystery Plays.

From Monday 4 until Wednesday 6 July, de-rig crews will strip out lighting and sound equipment, dismantle and remove the 1,000 seater auditorium and remove more than 60 tonnes of lighting, sound and stage equipment.

The Chapter House, North Transept and Lady Chapel which served as make-up, cast dressing room, props and costume storage will be returned to normal as equipment is packed up and removed to storage and the areas thoroughly cleansed.

Whilst the Minster will be closed for general visiting, morning and evening services will continue as normal though service times and locations may be changed to keep noise and disruption to a minimum for worshippers.

Commenting on the three day closure, the Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, Dean of York, said:

“We have experienced an extraordinary couple of months playing host to a theatrical spectacle on the grandest possible scale. The logistics of dismantling such an epic production are quite considerable: it will be a noisy, dirty and disruptive process.

“The quickest way to achieve this and reinstate the Minster is a full closure over three days. We will re-open for general visiting on Thursday 7 July and look forward to welcoming our visitors then. We will also be ready to welcome the General Synod of the Church England for Sung Eucharist at 10.00am on Sunday 10 July.”

Service times and locations during the three day de-rig will be as follows:

7.30am Matins Western Crypt
7.50am Holy Communion Western Crypt
12.00 noon/12.30pm Holy Communion Cancelled
5.15pm Evensong Quire

Entry to these services will be through the South Door of the Minster.


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Sharon Atkinson - Director of Communications - t: 01904 557248 m: 07785 615457