Fringe Events

The York Mystery Plays 2012 is a community-led project, and there are lots of associated events happening around the plays.

From Historical Lectures to modern interpretations of the plays, there are plenty of interesting and sometimes free activities to take part in.

Please keep checking back here for the latest line-up.



YorkWalk - A Walk Through The History Of The Mystery Plays

YorkWalk will be offering walks following the site the Mystery Plays have visited over the last 800 years or more. Walks start by visiting the set of the 2012 production (and the site for productions from 1951 - 1988) which uses St Mary's Abbey as a backdrop. Then focus turns to the medieval plays to discover how they were produced, following their exact route. For more information on public or private tours contact 01904 622303.

Dates in August:
Thu 2nd 10:30am
Sat 4th 10:30am
Sun 5th 2:15pm
Wed 8th 2:15pm
Sat 11th 10:30am
Sun 12th 2:15pm
Wed 15th 10:30am
Sat 18th 10:30am
Sun 19th 2:15pm
Wed 22nd 10:30am
Sun 26th 2:15pm

York Mystery Cycle Lectures
By Ars Ludendi

Sunday 12th & Sunday 26th August

The History behind the Mystery: A lively introduction to the rich and complex history of the York Mystery Plays from their medieval roots through to the modern day.

Lectures take place at Tempest Anderson Hall in the Yorkshire Museum.
Time: 2pm
Tickets: £10 bookable through the York Theatre Royal Box Office on 01904 623568. Discounts are available if you already have tickets to the Mystery 2012 production.


Modern Mysteries

Galtres Festival - 24th - 26th August

In partnership with the York branch of Script Yorkshire, the 2012 Mystery team put together a script competition for local writers to write a modern response to plays from the Mystery Cycle.

Following a development period for the winning writers watch their first public performances - exciting, modern interpretations of some of our most famous Mystery Plays.


Wagon Performances

The Historic Guilds of York will welcome other cities who own Mystery Cycles to take part in a free 1hr performance on the York Wagons giving a wonderful insight into the differences between the York Mystery Cycle and others born of the same period.

Sat 11 & Sun 12 Aug

11.15am starting from York Museum Gardens and processing to York Minster.

York Mystery Plays Archive

The rapidly expanding York Mystery Plays Archive welcomes your stories both past and present as they form an integral part of the offering surrounding the 2012 production.

Precious Cargo

Yorkshire Museum

See the Yorkshire Museum Medieval gallery brought to life with contemporary fashion, films, performances and visual arts. All in celebration of the York Mystery Plays, the 1212: The Making of the City exhibition, and the Olympics. For more information on the Precious Cargo project and the exhibition visit:


The Intimate Mysteries
1st - 29th August

Performed by Blazing Grannies


Holy Trinity, Micklegate


All Saints', North Street


St Martin's, Coney Street


St Helen's, St Helen's Square

2 - 2.40pm
Free performances
Family Friendly

More info: 01904 653836

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Recent News

Join us at the Visit York Tourism Awards!

Join us at the Visit York Tourism Awards!
Were you a York Mystery Plays 2012 volunteer? Do you want to join us at the Visit York Tourism Awards 2013?

2012 Production Nominated For 2 Awards

2012 Production Nominated For 2 Awards
The Visit York 2013 Award nominations have been announced with York Mystery Plays 2012 up for 2 titles.

York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust formed

York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust formed
A group of people involved in York Mystery Plays 2012 launch a new group to support future productions.

York Mystery Plays 2012 shortlisted for award

York Mystery Plays 2012 shortlisted for award
The marketing campaign for the York Mystery Plays 2012 has been shortlisted for a prestigious TMA award.