Get a Sneak Preview of the Mystery Plays at BG
6th June 2012
We are delighted that the next performance of the Mystery Plays falls in our anniversary year and even more excited that for the first time there will be a performance on campus in advance of the main run of the plays at the cathedral
The historic Lincoln Mystery Plays are performed in the city every four years – and this summer there’s a chance to see a special preview of the performances at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of BG and the close links between the university college and the Mystery Plays Trust there will be a special performance of the 2012 cycle on Saturday 7th July.
The Lincoln Mystery Plays 2012 can then be seen at the Medieval Bishop’s Palace and Lincoln Cathedral between 10th and 21st July 2012.
Hannah Clipsham, Events Manager at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, said: “The performance on Saturday 7th July will be a very special 150th anniversary event. We are delighted that the next performance of the plays falls in our anniversary year and even more excited that for the first time there will be a performance on campus in advance of the main run of the plays at the cathedral.
“From the beginning of the revival of the Lincoln Mystery Plays in the 1970s, BG has been integral in the development of these productions.
“BG is a partner of the Lincoln Mystery Plays Trust: it provides rehearsal space, students undertake study projects about the Mystery Plays and a number of the staff at BG have also held positions at the Trust or on the board.”
The play begins in the grounds of the university college and concludes in Bishop Greaves Theatre. The gates open at 4pm and visitors are advised to bring their own picnics to eat before the performance starts at 7:30pm.
Artistic Director John Bowtell said: "The sense of journey is an important element of the Mystery Plays, and especially so in 2012 when I hope that the audience will join the actors in experiencing a journey of their own, both physically and personally.”
Tickets are £15 for adults and £13 for concessions and are available to buy online by clicking here.
Notes to editors
- Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln was established in 1862 and celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2012.
- It is an independent higher education institution based in Lincoln and awarding its own degrees at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level.
- The Mystery Plays tell the story of mankind from Creation to Doomsday and were originally performed to mediaeval audiences who were largely illiterate to reinforce their faith – the Crucifixion and Resurrection scenes being particularly telling.
- The Mystery Plays have a long history and can trace their origins back to the tenth century. Various groups (or cycles) of plays are especially associated with specific British towns and cities such as York, Coventry, Chester and Wakefield, as well as Lincoln.
- The Mystery Plays have been performed in Lincoln every four years since 1978.
- The website is at http://www.lincolnmysteries.co.uk/