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News release - Issued by York Minster

Game of Thrones and Coronation Street star joins Mystery Plays rehearsals

Game of Thrones and Coronation Street star Philip McGinley will join rehearsals for the York Minster Mystery Plays on Thursday (24 March).

The 34 year-old actor joins the production fresh from performing alongside Anne-Marie Duff in an adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Husbands and Sons at the National Theatre, London, and the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.

Philip will play the lead role of Jesus in this summer’s Mystery Plays, which run from 26 May to 30 June, supported by a community cast of nearly 200 people from across the region.

The production will see York Minster’s magnificent Nave transformed into a 1,000-seater auditorium for 41 performances of the Plays, which dramatise the greatest story ever told – from the creation of heaven and earth to the last judgement.

“It’s fantastic to finally be getting started with full time rehearsals for the Mystery Plays,” Philip explained.

“I’ve met a lot of the cast and wider artistic team over the last few months and know there’s a wealth of talented people involved with the production who I’m looking forward to working with over the next few months.

“It’s going to be an epic production – every aspect is epic from the size of the cast, to the setting of York Minster, so it’s a hugely exciting project to be part of.”

Philip, who was born in Lancashire, is best known for his roles as archer Anguy in HBO series Game of Thrones and as Tom Kerrigan in Coronation Street. He has also recently appeared in ITV drama Home Fires.
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 York Minster, following sell-out performances in 2000.

The 2016 production is 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.
Tickets can be purchased online at by calling 01904 623568 or in person from the York Theatre Royal’s Box Office at the De Grey Rooms in St Leonards Place, York, and at York Minster’s visitor admission desks.


Notes to editors:

Philip McGinley will be available for interviews between 2pm and 4pm on Thursday 24 March – please contact the York Minster communications team in advance if you would like to arrange a time to speak with him.

For media enquiries contact:

Leanne Woodhurst – Communications Manager – t: 01904 559534 m: 07824 017585

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