Recapture the spectacle of York’s medieval past

If you’re interested in history and arts and you happen to be in or near the town of York in the middle of July, take the time to see the York Mystery Plays. On two Sundays, the 11th and 18th of July 2010, twelve plays accompanied by music, will be performed on wagons at various locations in York.

These tales of sacred history was traditionally played in York on the feast day of Corpus Christi from the middle of the 14th century. In spite of the ban the plays continued a while after the English reformation, but where finally stopped in 1569. In 1951 the plays had a successful revival and became a reoccurring event.

Until September 8th you have the opportunity to see the exhibition about the history behind the plays at York Art Gallery. The exhibition also displays the last surviving original manuscript of the plays, dating from between 1463 and 1477. See more information about the exhibition on or find the gallery on our Britain map.

Other related events take place in York during this period. For further information, please visit

– Towe

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