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News release - Issued by York Minster

‘Touch Tours’ will reveal the secrets of the Mystery Plays Production for visually impaired theatre-goers

Sight impaired theatre-lovers will have the opportunity to experience behind-the-scenes at the York Minster Mystery Plays production through two special pre-performance ‘touch tours’ in June.

The accompanied tours will start with a visit to York Minster’s Nave where a monumental 1000-seater auditorium and stage set have been constructed for the five week production which runs from Thursday 26 May until Thursday 30 June.

A York Minster guide will walk and talk the theatre goers up onto the stage to experience the auditorium from the performers’ perspective. They will then be taken back stage where they will be able to touch props and costumes and meet performers and members of the production crew.

Commenting on the tours, Lisa Power, Head of Venue for York Minster said:

“Touch Tours can really help to bring a theatrical production to life for visually impaired people. Experiencing the vastness of the stage, getting hands-on with costumes and props and talking to performers and crew will hopefully enhance their understanding and enjoyment of the performance that they will see later on.”

The first tour will start at 6.30pm ahead of the evening performance on Monday 20 June. The second tour will take place on Wednesday 22 June at 12.30pm before the matinée performance. The tours are included in the ticket price. Only 12 places will be available on each tour so booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

To book please contact Lisa Power by telephone on 01904 557282 or by email


Emma Farley – Media and PR Consultant – t: 01904 559534 m: 07989 555441

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