Chester Mystery Plays

Chester Mystery Plays

A rare and treasured part of Britain’s cultural heritage, the Chester Mystery Plays return this year to be performed by a community cast of hundreds.  Produced only once every five years in the city, these tales of ambition, intrigue, betrayal and passion are drawn from iconic Bible stories with a special Chester twist.

Originally written by Benedictine monks at the Abbey of St Werburgh (now Chester Cathedral), a new script has been commissioned for 2018 from award-winning writer Deborah McAndrew, while director Peter Leslie Wild and composer Matt Baker will be reunited after the triumph of their nationally acclaimed 2013 production.

The plays, treated as one narrative from The Creation to the Last Judgment, will be performed in the nave of Chester Cathedral from June 27-July 14 2018.

Performances are every evening (except Sundays) at 7.30pm with a matinee at 1pm each Saturday.

Ticket prices from £18 from or telephone 01244 500959. Concessions and group bookings are available.