York Mystery Plays
Opens: 02/08/2012 Closes: 27/08/2012 York Museum GardensUnlike previous productions of the Plays - a centuries-old York institution - this year the action is confined to the venerable grounds of St Mary's Abbey. The cast of over 1000, filled out by members of the community, recreate Biblical scenes from Creation to the Last Judgement. This first staging since the turn of the millennium celebrates York's 500th year as a city. For more information visit: http://www.yorkmysteryplays-2012.com/page/york_mystery_plays_2012.php Buy: https://www.yorktheatreroyal.purchase-tickets-online.co.uk/public/show_events_list.as…
The Independent“Long may they continue...” The language is rich and trips off the tongues of the volunteer actors who give up their summers to bring the plays to life. The performances are excellent...
The Arts Desk“Somehow fails to engage...” Visually, it is stunning, majestic, superb. But there comes a time when, perhaps as the midges begin biting your skin, you realise that any sort of intellectual stimulation isn’t going to happen...
The Observer“A splendid spectacle...” To see so many actors, of all ages and conditions, strolling, surging and streaming over the playing space is amazing. Their movements are supported by a 100-strong community choir and a brass band, who provide an atmospheric soundtrack...
The Telegraph“A tremendous act of faith...” The use of the crowd – all ages, dressed in everyday mid-20th century clothes – is breathtaking: for instance, the Flood is conjured by the simple expedient of surrounding Noah’s ark with a mass of people cowering beneath black umbrellas...
Guardian“A truly spectacular location...” One is buoyed by the euphoric swell of many hundreds of volunteers converging to celebrate the heritage of their city. They call this God's own country: here's proof...
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