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Photographs : 2014 prediction for 2016

Item type: Photographs
Archive reference: YMP/A/17/2/23
Date/year: 3 November 2014
Description:
Mystery Plays set for Minster return?
A cutting from York Press of 3 November 2014, by Mike Laycock, speculating that the Mystery Plays might be performed again in York Minster in 2016, four years after the 2012 production on a fixed stage in Museum Gardens.  Filed with press cuttings for 2014 in YMP/F/31/4.  Mike Laycock was right: see this page.
The article includes a photograph of Ray Stevenson on the front page of the Press, giving a blessing during Christ's ministry, inside the Minster; and on page 5 of the same edition of the Press, a photograph of Ray Stevenson, crucified on the Cross, with four disciples looking up at him.  This picture is under the Crossing of the Minster.
The story is the Press revealing that the Cathedral officials have been involved in lengthy discussions about the possibility of staging another major production of the Plays in the Minster "possibly in 2016".    It says that the 2000 production was intended to be a one-off but after attracting sell-out audiences  the Minster decided they should be staged again in 2010.  But Tourism body Yorkshire Forward turned down the funding request and it was postponed.  By November 2011 Very Rev Keith Jones, who chaired the Minster Mystery Plays Board, revealed that because of the economic climate it had proved impossible to be assured that funding was available.  The Dean also said that there were anxieties that restoration and construction work at the Minster - which included the creation of a new Piazza at the South entrance (completed in 2013) might have clashed with the event.  In the meantime the Guilds, companies and groups of York have successfully staged the plays on pageant wagons at several spectacular outdoor locations across the city centre in July 2014.
See this page for photos of the Millennium production in the Minster.
The Plays opened in York Minster on 26 May 2016 and ran for 41 wonderful performances. The next performances will be brought by the Guilds on 9th, 12th, 16th September 2018.
Herod 2016
Eve 2016

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