Chester Mystery Plays June 26 - July 13 2013 Chester Cathedral, Chester CH1 2DU


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Every five years, the spectacle and history, miracles and mystery that are the Chester Mystery Plays come to the city. Actors, singers, musicians and local children take part in this huge community production, which tells the greatest stories ever told.
Written in the 14th century, by monks of the Abbey of St Werburgh (now Chester Cathedral), the plays tell Bible stories from The Creation to The Last Judgement. Originally produced by the guilds of the city the Chester Mystery Plays were banned in the 16th century. A modern revival was established in 1951 to celebrate the Festival of Britain and the plays have been produced approximately every five years since.
With a new script by Stephanie Dale, the 2013 production is directed by Peter Leslie Wild with original music composed by Matt Baker.
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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.