Mystery Plays at Malvern Priory tells the stories depicted in stained glass windows - The Malvern Observer

Mystery Plays at Malvern Priory tells the stories depicted in stained glass windows

Malvern Editorial 30th Apr, 2019   0

A PLAY is being staged at Great Malvern Priory which tells the stories depicted in stained glass windows, many in the priory and at churches across the district.

‘Mystery Plays’ has been written especially for Malvern and has been made relevant for today’s world by the town’s prize-winning director and actor, Rob Swinton.

Mystery Plays were written to help people who could not read understand Biblical stories.

Rob directed a very successful Mystery Play at the Priory in 2000, combining texts from the 5th and 16th century with the Townley Cycle and it tells the story of Creation through to after the crucifixion.




The beautiful and – sometimes haunting – music for the play, has been composed by Piers Maxim, Director of Music at Malvern Priory and is performed live by the orchestra and choir.

The show stars professional actors including Darren Cheek as Jesus and God and Ali Belbin as Lucifer.


The pair are supported by a cast of 30 from the Malvern community plus a further 40 musicians and singers.

Proceeds from the play will go towards the restoration of the stonework of Great Malvern Priory church, together with a generous grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and from the Elmley Foundation and Bransford Trust.

Tickets are available within the Priory at the Friends’ bookshop, online at www.greatmalvernpriory.org.uk or from Malvern TIC.

A limited number of tickets may be available on the door.

Performances at the Priory start at 7.30pm each night apart from Sunday and the show runs until May 8.

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