The York Mystery Cycle

The York Doomsday Project - What began as "a multimedia computer project on the fifteenth-century York Mystery Plays, arguably the most famous of the cycles, [has grown] into a research project exploring all aspects of the plays and their various social, intellectual, religious, and theatrical contexts. It also aims to present the surviving evidence around the original performance in a completely new way, using both traditional and innovative techniques."

The York Pageant Simulator - "This website, by Dennis G. Jerz, is intended to provide a gentle introduction to the York Corpus Christi Play, so that readers may better understand the significance of the computer simulation I conducted. This is also the document I would have liked to have read, before I began my own study of the York plays."

Illumination: From Shadow Into Light - This site from the National Centre for Early Music, in York, England, presents research on the history of the York Mystery Plays since their revival in 1951. (Requires Flash 6 for full use.)

The York Cycle of Mystery Plays: York 1998 (and after) - "The York Mystery Plays are a magnificent example of medieval drama. Using the colourful language of medieval Yorkshire, they present the 'history of the world': from the mystery of God's creation of the world to the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ. They were performed from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, as part of the annual celebrations of the feast of Corpus Christi, and have now been revived - to much acclaim - in twentieth-century York. This Web site contains a wealth of information on the plays and their history . . . ." Includes video clips. For an overview of the most recent production, click here.

The Guilds of York: York Mystery Plays - The offical site for the plays, with links to productions of 2002 and 2006.

The York Cycle of Mystery Plays: Toronto 1998 - "The performance of the York Cycle of Mystery Plays in Toronto on June 20, 1998 . . . under the auspices of the Poculi Ludique Societas, a society dedicated to the preservation and performance of early English drama . . . was the first outdoor processional presentation of the entire cycle of 47 surviving plays since the final performance in York in 1569. The event was a useful experiment for theatre historians interested in determining whether the entire cycle could be performed processionally on a single day. Even more importantly, however, it was also a genuinely entertaining and profoundly moving theatrical experience for audience and actors alike."