Aldermaston York Nativity Play 2022

Aldermaston York Nativity Play 2022

Aldermaston York Nativity Play 2022

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.

This version of The York Nativity Play Cycle was made in 1930 by E. Martin Browne.

The text was revised in 1952, after E. Martin Brown’s experience in producing the York Mystery Cycle Plays.

It is this 1952 edition that they perform at Aldermaston. Martin Browne had a long career in religious drama.

He produced the revival of the Mystery Plays in York in 1951, 1954 & 1957.

It is likely that E Martin Browne used a copy of the manuscripts published in 1885 by Lucy Tomlin Smith.

The adaptation if of 6 of the Mystery Cycle plays to form a single Nativity Play for a performance in a church with multiple staged areas.

The text was adapted from the translation of the York Mystery Plays.

The 6 plays adapted are:

  • The Spicers
  • The Pewters and Founders
  • The Tille Thekers
  • The Chaundlers
  • The Masons / The Goldsmiths
  • The Marshals

The box office is currently closed and will re-open in October for this year performances.

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  • Date : 01 Dec 2022 - 04 Dec 2022
  • Time : 17:00 - 19:00 (Europe/London)
  • Venue : St Mary the Virgin, Aldermaston

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