Aldermaston York Nativity Play

Christmas is restored. After last year’s cancellation due to the coronavirus restrictions, the unique York Nativity Play at St Mary the Virgin, Aldermaston is going ahead.

It will be the 63rd year of the play by E Martin-Browne, from the 14th-century York Mystery Cycle.

Performances will run on December 2, 5, 6,7 and 8.

Aldermaston York Nativity Play

Christmas is restored. After last year’s cancellation due to the coronavirus restrictions, the unique York Nativity Play at St Mary the Virgin, Aldermaston is going ahead.

It will be the 63rd year of the play by E Martin-Browne, from the 14th-century York Mystery Cycle.

Performances will run on December 2, 5, 6,7 and 8.

 

The village of Aldermaston has put on a Nativity Play in the parish church of St Mary the Virgin every year since 1957. The play is an adaptation of 8 or 9 plays from the 400 year old York Mystery Cycle plays that tell the story of the first Christmas.

The plays beginnings

The Aldermaston staging of the York Nativity Play was the brainchild of Revd Canon Stanley Young, the vicar of Aldermaston, and Pat Eastop, a local mother and teacher who had studied Medieval Art. Pat went on to direct the play for 57 consecutive years before her death in 2014. She was awarded an M.B.E.