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News release - Issued by York Minster

Tickets released next week for York Minster Mystery Plays

There’s only a week to go until tickets for the York Minster Mystery Plays - the biggest event the cathedral has ever staged - go on sale.

The Box Office for the production, which will see the Minster’s magnificent Nave transformed into a 1000-seater auditorium, opens at 9.30am on Wednesday 13 January.

The performances begin on 26 May and run for five weeks and, in keeping with tradition, a community cast will form the heart of the production supporting one professional actor – details to be announced soon.

The Plays are being developed by an award winning artistic team, including director Phillip Breen, of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and writer Mike Poulton, who recently wrote the scripts for the RSC’s productions of Hilary Mantel’s global best-selling novels Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies.

“It’s the first time in 16 years and only the second time in their near 700 year history that the Mystery Plays have been performed at the Minster, so the 2016 performances offer a rare opportunity to see the city’s most famous plays performed in its most iconic building,” explains Producer Nicola Corp.

“The Plays dramatise the greatest story ever told – from the creation of heaven and earth to the last judgement, so it’s a story of good versus evil, of life and death and of love, betrayal, loss and hope.

“We know there’s lots of interest and excitement about the Plays, both on a local, national and international level – we’re expecting more than 40,000 people to come and see the performances – so we’re pleased to be at the stage where tickets are about to go on sale.”

Due to the scale of the production and anticipated high demand for tickets, the Box Office is being provided in partnership with York Theatre Royal. Performances take place Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, with general matinees on Saturdays at 1.30pm. Learning matinees will take place on Wednesdays at 1.30pm with a post-performance director’s/producer’s Q&A aimed at learners of all ages.

Tickets for the evening performances will be priced at £25, £32.50 and £40, with tickets for the twice weekly matinees available from £15. Tickets for the evening and Saturday matinee performances go on sale at 9.30am on 13 January, and tickets for the Wednesday learning matinees will be released later this month.

To purchase tickets, visit the York Minster Mystery Plays website at or call 01904 623568. Tickets can also be purchased by visiting the Theatre Royal’s Box Office at the De Grey Rooms in St Leonards Place, York and from York Minster’s visitor admission desks.

For full details about the production, visit or follow #mysteryplays.


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