The York Mystery Plays | Radio Broadcast


Catch up on the York Mystery Plays via BBC Sounds now.

The York Mystery Plays, which are a selection of biblical stories drawn together into a piece of theatre, date back to the 1300s. They have now been adapted for radio, for our delight, and include four plays in four instalments – Adam and Eve, The Flood part 1, The Flood part 2 and Moses and Pharaoh.

How To Listen

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Catch up on all four episodes of the Mystery Plays for free on BBC Sounds now.

About the Broadcast

The York Mystery Plays were adapted for radio by Juliet Forster, Associate Director of York Theatre Royal, and Kelvin Goodspeed and feature a cast of community and professional actors.

Juliet, who also directed this series, said: “The York Mystery Plays are part of the DNA of this city. They belong to the people of York, and have brought people together to create, perform, watch, laugh and cry since the 14th century. The longevity of these potent plays clearly demonstrates how vital the collective act of storytelling is and has always been to human beings, and how much we need to explore and reflect together on our experiences and understanding of the world. We’re determined to keep doing this in spite of the lockdown! So, these plays seem exactly the right choice to pick up, find a new way to create, communicate afresh and encourage one another with.”

The York Radio Mystery Plays are part of the York Theatre Royal’s Collective Acts, a programme of creative community engagement taking place while the building is closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Special thanks to the York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust and the Guild of Media Arts for supporting this project.


Adapted by Juliet Forster & Kelvin Goodspeed

Directed by Juliet Forster

Composition, Foley, Sound Design by Ed Beesley

Songs Composed by Madeleine Hudson

The Flood Song Performed by The Cast

Moses and Pharaoh Song Performed by The York Theatre Royal Choir


God Paul Stonehouse

Satan Rory Mulvihill

Angel Christie Barnes

Noah Mark Holgate

Noah’s Wife Rosy Rowley

1st Son Joe Feeney

2nd Son Stan Gaskell

3rd Son Matthew Dangerfield

1st Daughter Charlotte Wood

2nd Daughter Fiona Baistow

Eve/3rd Daughter Taj Atwal

Adam Kane Hutchinson

Pharaoh Paul Mason

Moses Andrew Squires

1st Councillor Maurice Crichton

2nd Councillor Claire Norman

1st Youth Christie Barnes

2nd Youth Oliver Joseph Brooke

1st Egyptian Matt Simpson

2nd Egyptian Rachel Price


The York Radio Mystery Plays were made possible thanks to the generosity of our community.

As you enjoy this radio performance, please consider donating to York Theatre Royal so that we can continue to engage and entertain our community in the future.

Donate online here. Thank you.