About Us

Chester Mystery Plays is a highly collaborative enterprise involving the talents and goodwill of all kinds of people at all kinds of levels. Chester Mystery Plays Limited, a company with charitable status, was formed in the 1980s with the sole aim of ensuring the active survival of the Chester Mystery Plays.

Company Administration

Patron: The Marquess of Cholmondeley, KCVO

The company was formally established as a company limited by guarantee and registered charity in 1986 (company number 02050251, registered charity number 518768). The Board of Directors oversees all the Company’s activities, and the Directors are also the Trustees. As there are no permanent, paid staff, the Board members are also responsible for managing the company and are consequently very “hands on”, each individual taking a lead on different strands of work, e.g. front of house, marketing.

The Chester Mystery Plays Board

Jane Brooke

Jane Brooke

Cathedral Observer
Jane is Chester Cathedral’s observer to the Board. She was installed as a Residentiary Canon in September 2010. She is responsible for the education work of the Cathedral and is Canon Chancellor and Canon Librarian.
Andrew Clarkson

Andrew Clarkson

Education
Andrew studied Theatre at Dartington College of Arts before training as a Drama Teacher. For the last 8 years he has been Head of Drama at The Bishops’ High School and is now Assistant Headteacher. He joined the board in 2007 – for whom he acts as the lead on Education Liaison. Andrew's script work includes ‘Tailor Made Love’ and ‘Hunch’ written for the comedy actor Philip Brodie.
Gavin Eyres

Gavin Eyres

Treasurer
Profile coming soon
Nick fry

Nicholas Fry

Friends coordination
Originally from Formby, Nick has performed in theatres all over the country in productions ranging from world premieres to pantomimes. He can also be seen regularly on television, as well as heard in several BBC radio plays. Nick’s full time role is being responsible for the care of visitors in Chester Cathedral. He has appeared in the hugely successful 2003, 2008 and 2013 productions of the Chester Mystery Plays – as God in 2003 and 2013 and King Herod in 2008.
Vanda Hargen

Vanda Hargen

Friends Coordination
Vanda’s involvement with the Mystery Plays goes back to 1998 as a chaperone. She performed in the 2003, 2008 and 2013 cycles and ran the CMP Friends’ group for its first seven years. She was the production programme coordinator in 2008 and 2013 and coordinated the volunteer groups in 2018. Having helped run drama workshops based on the Plays Vanda was also part of the CMP 2018 Education Project for primary and secondary schools.
Jenny Jackson

Jenny Jackson

Friends coordination
Jenny has been involved with local Musical Theatre groups for many years. A former Chester Primary school teacher, she has been an acting Member of the Plays since 1997 where she appeared in her first Mystery Play roles and subsequently in a number of roles for the 2008, 2013 and 2018 Productions.
Andrew Longfield

Andrew Longfield

Data Management
A local designer and co-founder of a successful ecommerce business, Andrew brought his web design skills to the Plays in the lead-up to the 2013 production, launching our new website and setting up online marketing. Although a Man of Kent, Chester has been his home since 1994 and he has created websites for other local community projects, including Theatre in the Quarter, St Mary’s Creative Space and Matt Baker Music.
Simon Parrington

Simon Parrington

Policy
Profile coming soon
Jonathan Philips

Jonathan Philips

Passion Plays
Jonathan Phillips is the Vicar at St Peter’s at the Cross in Chester. He has lived in Chester (with a small time away) since 1998. He has acted and studied drama and theatre since he was a child and has established two theatre companies and now oversees the Isabella Theatre Community. Jonathan has acted in Mystery plays in London but sadly not in Chester … yet! He is proud to be a board member of Chester Mystery Plays as is excited to be a part of its future!
Colin Potts

Colin Potts

Marketing
Colin is a lecturer in Tourism and Marketing in the University of Chester Business School. Before that he was Chester’s Tourism Manager. He lives within the walls in in the heart of the city.
Felicity Roochove

Felicity Roochove

Vice-chairman
A Cestrian born and bred, Felicity appeared in the 1997 Cycle of the Plays. She then went to University where she studied Archaeology and Anthropology. On her return to Chester she was the Administrator and Project Manager of the 2003 Cycle, a role which firmly secured her passion for these wonderful Plays. As a Freeman of the City, she provides another link to the history of the Plays which were originally performed by the Guilds.
Felicity Roochove

Ian Sanderson

Chairman
All matters concerning the board of Chester Mystery Plays
Adopting Chester as his home in 1986, Ian has been involved with the administration and governance of Chester Mystery Plays since 1992, first as Secretary and now as Chairman - albeit with one small and unremarkable appearance in the plays in 1997! Ian works in the city centre and is also a Lay Clerk at Chester Cathedral.
Chris Walton

Chris Walton

Business & Project Manager
Administration, management, sponsorship and general enquiries
Chris Walton served 14 years in the Royal Naval Submarine service after which he returned to his native Chester. Chris appeared as Lazarus and a number of ensemble roles in the 2008 Mystery Plays at which time he was also Commercial Director of Chester Cathedral. Currently a freelance Project Manager, Chris is delighted to be working with so many talented people in bringing the Plays back to Chester for 2023.

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Marketing and social media
Jo Henwood

Website design & content
Andrew Longfield

Company Members


There are also a number of Company Members. These are people who have been involved with the Company as volunteers and provide extra support for the Board in managing the Company’s activities.

Susan Campbell
Susan’s background is in nursing and she is now retired. She became involved with the Mystery Plays in the early 1980s, soon after which she was appointed to the Board. She has been a magistrate for over 30 years, is a member of the Board of Governors of the William Jones Almshouses and a sides person at her church. She acts as a judge at the local horticultural show and does voluntary work at Wealstone CLS Care Home. In her spare time she enjoys baking and sewing. She supports Inger Trevor-Barnston in fundraising events.

Amy Chambers
Amy is the Coordinator for the Friends of Chester Mystery Plays. She and husband Robin have performed in two cycles of the Plays (in 2003 and 2013). They have also performed in many local amateur operatic productions and are members of Buzz-AH! an award winning Flintshire-based musical theatre performance group created to encourage people with and without disabilities to participate on an equal basis in the arts. Amy also edits Robin’s Myrddin’s Heir series of novels, available on Kindle.

Stephen Cross
Stephen has assisted with front of house duties at the last four productions of the Chester Mystery Plays. He is the solicitor and company secretary at the Countess of Chester Hospital and Clerk to the Governors at The King's School, Chester.

Diana Dunn
Diana is the archivist for the Chester Mystery Plays. Diana retired from full-time work as senior lecturer in the department of History and Archaeology in the University of Chester in 2012. Since then she has become involved in a number of local archive projects, having originally trained as an archivist, and having worked in the University of London library and the Cheshire Record Office.

Norah Edwards
Norah is Cestrian born and bred and a Freeman of the City, being the Steward of the Mercers’ Company and Archivist of the Freemen and Guilds of Chester. In 1992 whilst working at Chester Cathedral, she took part in the Mystery Plays which sparked her interest in them. Going back to York University in 1993, as part of her degree course, Norah studied the Guilds of the City of York and at present is researching the Chester Mercers’ Company. Her primary source information on the Mystery Plays is from this Company’s involvement taken from their Minute Books (starting in 1604). At the last cycle of plays, Norah actively organised the Freemen to take part and for them now to have a Mystery Plays contingency fund.

Ronno Griffiths
Ronno is a Board Member of Theatre in The Quarter and has a strong commitment to community based arts. She became a company member of CMP in 2010 and performed in the 2008 cycle. Ronno is also a director and trustee of Fallen Angels.

Vanda Hargen
Vanda has been involved with four cycles of the Plays and has performed in three (2003, 2008 and 2013). She was the Coordinator of the Friends of Chester Mystery Plays from its inception in 2007 to 2014. Vanda is now our Volunteer Co-ordinator.

Eric Plenderleath
Eric served as Executive Member for Culture & Leisure immediately prior to his retirement from Chester City Council in 2009. He was a member of the Chester Gateway Theatre Board for 20 years, and also served on Arts Council England (North West). He was a founder Board member of Chester Performs and also of Chester Festivals, and has had a lifelong interest in the Arts.

Felicity Roochove
A Cestrian born and bred, Felicity appeared in the 1997 Cycle of the Plays. She then went to University where she studied Archaeology and Anthropology. On her return to Chester she was the Administrator and Project Manager of the 2003 Cycle, a role which firmly secured her passion for these wonderful Plays. As a Freeman of the City, she provides another link to the history of the Plays which were originally performed by the Guilds.

Peter Speirs
Peter has been involved with theatre and music in Chester and in Ellesmere Port for more than forty years. He acted in productions of the Mystery Plays between 1987 and 2008, and was House Manager in 2013. Peter is a retired surveyor, and is a member of the Quaker meeting in Chester.

Wendy Tudor-Morgan
Wendy has been a keen supporter of Chester Mystery Plays since her school days in Chester in the 50s and was a member of the Board for four years. She is now a member of the company and on the fund raising committee. She and her team of ladies have on several occasions catered for VIP guests at the plays. For many years she has done voluntary work in local theatres and one of her favourite pastimes is going to see live theatre of all kinds.
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