The Durham Mystery Plays, as they were performed in 2010, are not scheduled to be repeated as of yet.
In 2010, the writing and production of 10 brand new versions of classic Mystery Plays were successfully commissioned.
A contest was undertaken, attracting over 80 submissions, for brand new adaptations of Mystery plays. The subsequent hiring of high profile writers such as David Almond (local writer of best-selling children’s novel, Skellig) and celebrated poet Ian McMillan were great coups for the production and gave the show the credibility of a West-End production.
In addition to the 8 live productions held between the four different venues, 2 plays were chosen to be produced in animation, as a way of providing variety for the audience and to exhibit the versatility of our local talent in the Durham area.
In true Middle Ages tradition, it was decided that actors, musicians and even stage hands were to be drawn from the local area – this was going to be a production made by the people of Durham, a showcase of our talent and community.
The night was successfully run for three nights towards the end of May in 2010.
Although some critics weren’t too fond of the slightly chilly evenings they took place on, for the most part the Durham Mystery Plays were received well garnering favourable reviews from venerable outlets such as The British Theatre Guide, The Journal and The Observer.
Due to the multi-faceted nature of the production, hundreds of people were required over the course of the three nights, an evening that requires the use of 4 separate venues is one that requires months, even years of planning. As a result, it’s unlikely that such a production would be repeated, at least not one on such a grand scale.