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2023 performance dates

28 June to 15 July

Auditions Dates

9th, 16th and 23rd October

Details will be emailed to all volunteers.

Official Launch Event

Thursday 6th October
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Our big launch event will give everybody a chance to meet up and get excited about the production, and to hear from the artistic team about their vision for 2023, how the stage will look, and perhaps even how the music will sound!

Hear all about it from our Director for the 2023 cycle, John Young…

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Volunteers Needed!

CMP Volunteers

Women, men, boys, girls, school or theatre groups - whether on stage or as part of our amazing backstage crew, if you fancy getting involved with next year’s production…

The Chester Mystery Plays are a historic theatrical event presented under professional direction by the people of Chester. Their performance, once every five years, has become a rare and much anticipated highlight of the British arts calendar, attracting people from all over the world. The production is one of the largest community events in the UK featuring hundreds of enthusiasts of all ages among the cast, crew and the support teams working in administration, marketing and front of house.

Excitement builds for the 2023 Cycle

The next full cycle of the Chester Mystery Plays will be performed in Chester Cathedral from 28 June to 15 July 2023 and we have already started building the team to make these the most spectacular ever.  We are delighted that John Young, a native of Chester and graduate of the University of Chester, will be the Creative Director and Matt Baker will be returning for his fifth cycle as Composer and Musical Director for the 2023 Plays.  

Keep an eye on this website and sign up for updates.

Tickets will go on general release in Autumn 2022 – we cannot wait!

The next full cycle of the Chester Mystery Plays will be performed in Chester Cathedral from 28 June to 15 July 2023 and we have already started building the team to make these the most spectacular ever. We are delighted that John Young, a resident of Chester and who trained on the National Theatre Directors' Course, will be Creative Director and Matt Baker will be returning for his fifth cycle as Composer and Musical Director for the 2023 Plays.  

Keep an eye on this website and sign up for updates.

Tickets will go on general release in Autumn 2022 – we cannot wait!
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We need you to help keep the Plays alive

This incredible community effort has proved to be an amazing experience for so many people, for so many generations. Front of house, behind the scenes, or somewhere in between, if you fancy offering your skills, talents and abilities to the Chester Mystery Plays you will also need commitment and dedication - but the rewards make it all worthwhile.

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2023 News

Director seeks cast for world-renowned theatre project

The director of the UK’s largest regularly produced community theatre project is looking for hundreds of players, makers and stitchers to tell the greatest story ever told...

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Artistic Director introduced at Garden Party

After a Covid break the Friends of Chester Mystery Plays were pleased to be able to meet once again...

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Director announced for 2023 cycle

The board of the Chester Mystery Plays has announced the director of the 2023 cycle of the world-famous Chester Mystery Plays...

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