Make a donation!

As a charity, to continue to survive the Chester Mystery Plays depend on the goodwill and generosity of the public. Wherever in the world you live, if you love what we do and would like to help ensure the future of this historic community event we would very much appreciate whatever contribution you can make - it will make a real difference…

Become a Sponsor of the 2023 Cycle

Help us keep the legacy alive

It is an enormous privilege to stage the Chester Mystery Plays every five years, but it also costs a significant amount to enable their production. Please help us keep this important contribution to Chester’s heritage, culture and arts programme going for this cycle and for future productions by making a donation or becoming a sponsor of the Chester Mystery Plays. Click below to discuss with us the options for corporate sponsorship. We would love to hear from you.

We are grateful to Cheshire West and Chester Council for their ongoing support
Marjory Boddy Trust
Cheshire West and Chester
Earl of Chester
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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? Use the donation feature above, or just contact us to discuss things directly.

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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