Lichfield Mystery Plays 2016, Bank Holiday weekend, 1st & 2nd May

Over 600 people will be involved in  Lichfield Mystery Plays 2016 on Market Square (start time 11.30am) and in Wade Street Church (start time 1.00pm),Myst 2012 Prologuewith additional events  taking place around the city.

The 24 plays will be performed by community groups from around the region and further afield.

Chairman Rick Hill OBE said: “We are fortunate to have so many talented people of all ages and abilities taking part.

“Directors, back-stage crews and actors are pulling out all the stops to make this a spectacular Mysteries to be enjoyed by all the family free of charge.

“Our Production Director, Jill Taylor and the management committee have been working towards what they hope will be a memorable Mysteries.”

Other events alongside the plays include a photography and art exhibition, poetry performances, a puppet theatre and a lunch-time sing-along session in the Community Stage area of the Lichfield Garrick. And a storytelling session will take place at St Mary’s Church.

“We are extremely grateful to the trusts, organisations and companies, as well as individuals, who are sponsoring the event financially and supporting us in other ways,” said Mr Hill. “Without their support it would not be possible to present such a major  event.”

Joining the more local groups presenting the plays this year are a group from Wirksworth in Derbyshire, one from London, whose director and actors originally came from Lichfield and the award-winning New Vic Theatre’s Borderlines.

*An army of volunteers is needed to help over the weekend in various capacities. People who would like to join in should email: sue.hudson60@yahoo.com.