The popular summer tradition of the Lincoln Mystery Plays returns in August and tickets are available now.

The plays – which are rooted in a Medieval telling of extracts from the Bible for wide-scale audience appeal – will this year
be presented with fresh dynamism whilst respecting their long history.

The Mystery Plays are a firm fixture in the city’s calendar, returning every four years. This year they are closely followed at the Cathedral by a re-run of Jesus Christ Superstar, offering a unique opportunity for people to experience the Story of Christ from two very different perspectives.

With the historic origins of the Lincoln Mystery Plays said to date back to the 10th century, Mystery Plays formed a significant part of the religious and dramatic life of cities such as Lincoln, Chester and York, presenting the story of mankind from the Creation to Doomsday. Now, in 2016, the organisers of this year’s production claim that the audience will experience ‘something special and meaningful, something that touches their inner concept of spirituality, something that satisfies their innate sense of good and evil, and something that confirms their belief in God and Man’.

The Company for the 2016 Lincoln Mystery Plays has been drawn from people across the county, and they are very much looking forward to taking their audience into the plays themselves, sharing the greatest story ever told, employing vigour and a sense of humour, humility and humanity while exploring emotions such as jealousy, despair, burden, duty, pain, temptation, sorrow and hope.

Meanwhile there are still opportunities for people to get more directly involved in this year’s production. Help would be welcomed backstage, in costume design, in set building, singing, acting, front-of-house and other skills, and so to express an interest in joining the team, please email

The 2016 Lincoln Mystery Plays will be staged in the Cloisters at Lincoln Cathedral over nine nights from the 3rd until the 13th of August 2016 at 7.30pm (there will not be performances on the 4th and the 7th of August).

Tickets priced £13.50, £15 and £49 for a family of four are currently on sale through the Cathedral Shop and online at – where booking fee applies. Just search for Lincoln Mystery Plays 2016.

Links to tickets, background information and details of how to get involved can also be found at

Keep an eye in the Lincoln Mystery Plays Facebook  and Twitter accounts for updates and offers. /  @mysteryplays