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News release - Issued by York Minster

Enormous inflatable planets arrive for the York Minster Mystery Plays

Huge helium-filled planets join the ever growing stage at the magnificent York Minster as the 2016 production of the Mystery Plays draws nearer.

It’s 16 years since the plays were last staged at the cathedral and only the second time in their near 700 year history. The medieval Minster’s magnificent Nave will be transformed into a 1,000-seater auditorium for the production, which opens on Thursday 26 May and runs for five weeks until Thursday 30 June.

Community Director Sophie Paterson from Seattle, America, speaks to camera about the arrival of the showpiece planets.

The balloons are currently on the stage at York Minster. For further information on the Plays, or to arrange a press visit, please get in touch.

Max Jones biography:

Max is a London based Theatre Designer who has designed productions across the UK including for Shakepeare’s Globe, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Clwyd Theatre Cymru, where he is an Associate Artist.

He graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2001 and during that year won The Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design. He was recently nominated in the Best Design category at the 2014 UK Theatre Awards for the True West production at the Citizens Theatre.

Recent productions include: Orpheus Descending (Japan), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company), Pride and Prejudice and The Winter’s Tale (both Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Of Mice and Men (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Sophie Paterson biography:

Sophie, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre/Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, is currently studying for an MA in writing, directing and performance at the University of York's department of theatre, film and television.


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