Become a Sponsor of the Plays

The five-yearly production of Chester Mystery Plays would be impossible without the financial help and goodwill of the numerous organisations and individuals who so kindly support it.
The generosity of our 2018 sponsors went a long way towards making it the terrific success it was. If you would like to be a contributor - in any degree - to the next major production in 2023, please get in touch as soon as possible.
Click the panels for further details of our 2018 partners…
Arts Council England
Cheshire West and Chester
The Chester Grosvenor
Couch Charitable Trust
Earl of Chester
Freemen & Guilds
The Granada Foundation
Gwynne-Jones Trust
Leverhulme Trust
Marjory Boddy Trust
PH Production Services
Rangecookers.co.uk
Rylance & Smith Charitable Trust
Slant Cheshire
Teresa Briggs Trust
University of Chester
Urenco
Ursula Keyes Trust
The Westminster Foundation
Zoom Zoom Trust
‘In the Trade’? Continue the historic links - make a contribution…
If you are in the same business as one of the guilds which originally sponsored the plays (the more obscure the better!), perhaps you might like to make a donation to the same play yourself?
Twenty-three of the ancient company guilds survive in Chester today.
The scripts were assembled by monastic scholars at the Abbey of St Werburgh. The Antichrist plays and Balak & Balam are special to the Chester cycle. Our Lady's Assumption, a play by the Worshipful Wives of Chester (not guild members) was subsequently lost.
 
Records dated 1540 list 26 plays:
THE FALL OF LUCIFER - Barkers, Tanners
THE CREATION OF THE WORLD - Drapers, Hosiers
NOAH & HIS SHIP - Waterleaders, Drawers in the Dee
ABRAHAM & ISAAC - Barber Surgeons, Waxchandlers
BALAK & BALAM - Cappers, Wiredrawers, Pinners
THE NATIVITY - Wheelrights, Slaters, Tylers, Daubers, Thatchers
THE SHEPHERDS - Painters, Glaziers, Embroiderers
KING HEROD (ADORATION OF THE MAGI) - Vintners
THE THREE KINGS - Mercers, Spicers
SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS - Goldsmiths, Masons
PURIFICATION OF OUR LADY - Smiths, Forbers, Pewterers
THE TEMPTATION & WOMAN TAKEN INTO ADULTERY - Butchers
RAISING OF LAZARUS - Glovers, Parchment-makers
THE COMING OF CHRIST TO JERUSALEM - Corvisars
THE LAST SUPPER - Grocers, Bakers, Millers
THE SCOURGING OF CHRIST - Bowyers, Fletchers, Stringers, Coopers, Turners
THE COMING OF ANTICHRIST - Dyers
THE CRUCIFIXION - Ironmongers, Ropers
HARROWING OF HELL - Cooks, Tapsters, Ostlers, Innkeepers
THE RESURRECTION - Skinners, Plastercard-makers, Hatters, Painters, Girdlers
CASTLE OF EMMAUS & THE APOSTLES - Saddlers
THE ASCENSION - Tailors
WHITSUNDAY MAKING OF THE CREED - Fishmongers
PROPHETS BEFORE THE DAY OF DOOM - Shermen
ANTICHRIST - Hewsters, Bellfounders
THE LAST JUDGEMENT - Weavers, Walkers
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