Chester Mystery Plays

17th October 2022

Tickets have gone on sale and rehearsals will start in the new year in readiness to tell the greatest story ever told.

Chester Mystery Plays, Summer 2023

The Chester Mystery Plays will be performed at Chester Cathedral next summer. These medieval plays tell key stories from the Bible including the nativity and the crucifixion and are produced only once every five years in the city by a community cast and crew.

The Chester Mystery Plays Company Limited was formed in 1986 to produce the plays and to retain their heritage, tradition, history and integrity in the context of their original setting.

Chair Ian Sanderson said:

“Every new Chester Mystery Plays cycle is an exciting time for everyone involved but after the two years we have all endured because of the pandemic, this one feels extra special.  We look forward to welcoming everyone who wants to be part of this unique production, which is living history right at the heart of Chester.”

The professional production team, including John Young, composer, musical director Matt Baker and designer Jess Curtis, outlined their vision for the 2023 cycle at an official launch at Chester Cathedral earlier this month.

John added:

“Following the difficult years of the pandemic, community has become more important now than ever before.  

“This momentous event only happens once every five years and now is the time to be bold and brave,’ he added.

Auditions for named parts as well as company and chorus roles will take place this month and rehearsals will begin in January 2023.

Everyone who auditions or expresses an interest in working backstage on costumes, props and the set will be given a role.

Acting parts include God, Mary Magdalene, Jesus, Lucifer, Pilate, Noah and Mrs Noah as well as chorus roles including gawpers, animals on the ark, disciples, Roman soldiers and devils.

Nick Sheratt played Jesus in the 2018 cycle and said:

“Playing Jesus was such a humbling experience.  There’s something really special about bringing a part of yourself and your interpretation to this role, and I can’t wait to see how the next person does this.”

Sarah Dyne played Eve and she summed up her feelings in just two words – ‘life-changing’.

Anyone can register an interest in being part of the Chester Mystery Plays 2023 by visiting their website here.

The Mystery Plays are supported by Cheshire West & Chester Council and local charitable trusts.

They will be performed at Chester Cathedral from June 28 – July 15 2023.  Tickets are on sale now at the cathedral box office or via