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Chester Mystery Plays: 2018 tickets go on sale

It may be two years away but plans are already well under way for Cathedral spectacular

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Chester Mystery Plays

Chester Mystery Plays may still be almost two years away but you can book your tickets now.

Chairman of the Chester Mystery Plays, Jo Sykes, said: “It may seem like a long way ahead, but we have regular visitors from far flung places that like to plan trips to the UK around our productions and the two years will fly by very quickly for us now - this is a very important milestone for us.

“We listened to what people said to us in 2013 about ticket prices, and have held our top price at the 2013 level and removed the premium for Friday and Saturday evenings so that ticket prices for all (non-preview) performances are the same. We also still have two reduced price previews.

“Ticket income is by far our largest source of income - we are extremely grateful to all our sponsors and supporters (including Cheshire West and Chester Council), but without generating sales we simply couldn’t put the Plays on.”

The 2018 production of the world-renowned Plays will again take place in the nave of Chester Cathedral.

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Jo Sykes on the set of the 2013 Chester Mystery Plays in the nave of Chester Cathedral

Vice dean of Chester Cathedral, Peter Howell-Jones, said: “We welcomed the Plays inside the nave for the first time in 2013 and are delighted that they will be returning again in 2018. It’s a marvellous opportunity to bring these glorious texts, created within our walls in the 14th century, to life - bringing community and church together.”

Leading members of the artistic team from 2013 are returning for the 2018 production - Peter Leslie Wild, the artistic director of the 2013 production and Matt Baker, composer and music director. They are joined this time by writer Deborah McAndrew and designer Dawn Allsopp.

Jo added: “We’ll reveal more information about the team very soon. I’m thrilled that Peter and Matt are working with us again and am very excited about Deborah and Dawn bringing their vision to the Plays as well. 2018 can’t come fast enough!”

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