York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust to perform The Barbours Play at Holy Trinity Church on Saturday and Sunday afternoon

Sally Maybridge’s John the Baptist and Michael Maybridge’s Jesus Christ with Helen Jarvis and Lydia McCudden’s angels in rehearsal for The Barbours Play at Holy Trinity Church

PAUL Toy directs the York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust community cast in The Barbours Play: The Baptism of Christ on Saturday at 2 pm and 4 pm and Sunday at 4.30pm.

This play from the York Cycle of Mystery Plays will be staged in a 20-minute performance of words and music in the garden of Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York, as part of the St John’s Eve Festival.

Supporters Trust chair Linda Terry says: “We were delighted to respond to Holy Trinity’s invitation to stage a Mystery Play as part of the festival. In the church calendar, June 23 is the festival of St John the Baptist, hence our choice of play.  

“It is the only play in the cycle significantly featuring the Baptist. We hope to attract people to the performance who have not had chance to see a Mystery Play before, as well as those in the city already familiar with the tradition.”

In Toy’s cast will be Michael Maybridge as Jesus Christ and Sally Maybridge as John the Baptist, accompanied by Helen Jarvis and Lydia McCudden as angels.

Tickets cost £5, under-15s £2, with some availability at the gate on the day. Box office: ticketsource.co.uk/york-mystery-plays-supporters-trust/

York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust cancels A Nativity For York ‘amid the growing threat from Omicron’

Mark Comer’s production image for York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust’s A Nativity For York…Out Of The Darkness, now called off, alas

FOR the second year running, York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust has had to cancel A Nativity For York at Spurriergate Centre, Spurriergate, York.

The decision has been taken “amid the growing threat from Omicron”, putting paid to performances at 7pm tonight and 2pm, 4pm and 6.30pm tomorrow of A Nativity For York…Out Of The Darkness, Terry Ram’s community production drawn from the York Cycle of Mystery Plays.

Trust chair Linda Terry says: “Due to the uncertainty surrounding the impact of the new variant, we have, with great regret, taken the decision to cancel our Nativity production on December 17 and 18. 

“The cast, crew and the trust are extremely disappointed, but we feel it is a wise option under the circumstances. Ticket holders have been contacted by email and reimbursement of ticket costs are being made.

“We express our grateful thanks to everyone who supported the production in so many ways: our cast and crew; Terry Ram, our director; our sponsors; the Spurriergate team;  Mark Comer, for the production image; John Saunders, for photography, and everyone who contributed to the fundraising efforts.

“We know this will be a disappointment to all involved. Let us hope that we can bring A Nativity for York back in 2022.”