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York Mystery Plays - The Darker Side Evening Performance

Open Air Theatre

Shambles Market, York
York Mystery Plays - The Darker Side Evening Performance

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Experience the Mystery Plays like never before at their “after- dark” performance in York’s Shambles Market on Wednesday 12th September.

For twenty years, the Guilds of York have been performing episodes of the York Mystery Plays on the streets of York. This year they spread a pair of bat-like wings as they show off the darker side of these medieval plays.

The Shambles Market will be turned into a hive of devilish activity as the Devil himself takes over for the evening. Elements of the York Plays and other medieval play cycles have been used to create a linking story as Lucifer flexes his muscles and tries to keep control. Whilst the Sunday performances, taking place on consecutive Sundays (9th & 12th September) see the wagons move from station to station, in the Shambles it will be the audience who move from place to place. As demons and angels roam the marketplace, the York Waits will be using their music to guide the audience between each play.

Plays to be performed are:

Cain and Abel, performed by the Lords of Misrule on behalf of the Merchant Taylors

The Temptation of Christ, performed by the Cordwainers

The Crucifixion and Death of Christ, performed by the Butchers

The Harrowing of Hell, performed by York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust

The Last Judgement, performed by Ravens Morris

Playing Lucifer is James Swanton, bringing some devilish charm to the Shambles as a demonic MC for the evening. He comes off the back of filming Frankenstein’s Creature, due to premiere at London’s FrightFest in late August. He is well known in York and beyond as an accomplished horror actor, including blood-soaked appearances as Count Dracula and in Sikes & Nancy at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios.

Tickets to the evening performance are £10. These can be purchased here in advance, and on the door.

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