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2018 Production

About the Plays

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June 27 - July 14

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Reading of the Banns

Back in the days when the Plays were performed by the Guilds through the streets of Chester, permission had first to be given by the mayor. This tradition continues today, and on Saturday 12 May permission was duly sought and granted…

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Photos by Neil Kendall

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Photos by Mark Carline

Reading of the Banns (12th May 2018)

Reading of the Banns

Back in the days when the Plays were performed by the Guilds through the streets of Chester, permission had first to be given by the mayor. This tradition continues today, and on Saturday 12 May permission was duly sought and granted…

Rehearsals Under Way

Photographer Mark Carline has captured the mood of the first rehearsal get-together at the end of October, attended by Peter Leslie Wild, Artistic Director, Matt Baker, Musical Director, and Jo Sykes, our Chairman. And so it begins…

Photographer Mark Carline has captured the mood of the first rehearsal get-together at the end of October, attended by Peter Leslie Wild, Artistic Director, Matt Baker, Musical Director, and Jo Sykes, our Chairman. And so it begins…

2018 Chester Mystery Plays Auditions (29th Oct 2017)

Launch Event

The official launch event for the Chester Mystery Plays on 3 October was very well attended, and everyone got an exciting glimpse of what the writer Deborah McAndrew has in store for the 2018 production! Photographer Mark Carline was there to record the event…

The official launch event for the Chester Mystery Plays on 3 October was very well attended, and everyone got an exciting glimpse of what the writer Deborah McAndrew has in store for the 2018 production! Photographer Mark Carline was there to record the event…

Chester Mystery Plays Launch 2018

Deborah McAndrew, Writer
Peter Leslie Wild, Artistic Director
Matt Baker, Music Director/Composer
Dawn Allsopp, Designer
Sam Cheadle, Project and Stage Manager
Peter Herbert, Production Manager

Read the glowing 2013 reviews

Chester Chronicle Review
Click Liverpool Review
The Guardian
The Observer
Daily Post
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The Guardian
“A profoundly everyday exploration of father, scone and holy toast”
“Matt Baker’s terrific score ranges from pub singalongs to majestic chorusus”
“David Edwards dazzles as a Dean Martin-esque Gabriel”
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The Observer
“Vividly and intelligently rewritten by Stephanie Dale”
“Matt Baker’s music unites heaven and earth”
“Francis Tucker’s Lucifer, Jonathan Sharps’s Jesus and Nicholas Fry’s God are outstanding”
Liverpool Post
“A modern miracle”
“Much to enjoy - and fear”

Click Liverpool
“A spectacle”
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Chester Chronicle
“Simply breathtaking”
“The most ambitious, memorable and thrilling presentations since the cycle was revived in 1951”
“Francis Tucker is just irresistible as a wickedly attractive Lucifer”
“Astonishing wall of sound”
Chester Leader
“Truly magnificent”
“A helter-skelter ride with distinct touches of modernity, whimsy and humour”
“Not pious, not preachy, but it does pack a punch”
Chester on the Web
“Magnificent and enthralling”
“A truly spellbinding performance”
“Superlative piece of work”
“Music.......was absolutely astounding”
“Mesmerising”
What's Good to Do in Cheshire
“A dizzying spectacle”
“A must-see”
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So Cheshire
“Miss it, miss out”
The Public Reviews
“Winnie Southgate as a young Mary gives a genuinely touching portrayal”
“Lucifer and Lightborne - a great double act of Machiavellian Mischief”
“Plenty to enjoy”
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CMP Tour
Chester Mystery Plays Tour

Enjoy a 60 minute behind-the-scenes glimpse at everything Mystery Plays, its history and origins, staging, costumes…

Conducted by Noah from the 2018 cast.

Tickets are just £3 per person
HERE

Tours will run on: 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 28 & 29 June,
and 5, 6, 11, 12 July

Latest Blog Stories

A Day in The Life of the Chairman

The Team

Jo Sykes has been a member of the Mystery Plays company since 1962, when she joined as an actor, a trustee and member of the board since 1994 and chairman since 2003...

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Angel's Dream Becomes Reality

The Cast

Jackie Gresham, who plays an angel, says being in the Chester Mystery Plays was 'meant to be'!

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  • Matt Baker leading the Reading of the Banns in 2013 during the last cycle of Chester Mystery Plays
  • The shepherds rejoice in 2013 when the Lord Mayor of Chester grants permission to perform the Chester Mystery Plays

Ancient Banns ceremony to take place in Chester city centre

Events

Chester Mystery Plays actors to seek permission from the Lord Mayor of Chester to perform at Chester Cathedral this summer...

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  • Roy Clinging with a Concertina
  • Rose Beesley with a Dulcimer

Mystery Players make music

The Music

Composer and musical director Matt Baker talks about the richness of the role of music in the 2018 production...

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