Medieval morality & mystery plays (fwd)

William Stinson (
Wed, 27 Aug 1997 16:53:13 +1000 (EST)


Apart from the Toronto mystery plays, two other sets of mystery plays you
might be interested in searching for are:

1. The Chester Mystery Plays (140 mins) (Produced in mid or late 1970s)
There 16 sections e.g. pt.2 Fall of Lucifer
Music by Guy Wolfenden, choral singing by New College Choir,
introductions spoken by Vaughan Hinton, cast includes Tom Courtenay as
Christ and Michael Horden as God.

2. The Mysteries (315 mins.) (Produced in early 1980s)
Three part program based on the mystery plays. Performed by the National
Theatre Cottesloe Company, directed by Bill Bryden and Derek Bailey.
Performers and audience mingle together during the performance. Filmed as
a sort street procession with on-going performances. Quite unique.

Don't where you would find them now. Someone may have rights in the US or
go back to the original sources in England.

Good luck,


Bill Stinson
Media Services Liaison Librarian
Education and Media Services
Macquarie University
Sydney phone: 02 850-7557
NSW 2109 fax: 02 850-7568
Australia email:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 12:55:12 -0700
From: Susan Albrecht <>
To: Multiple recipients of list <>
Subject: Medieval morality & mystery plays

Greetings, fellow libbers. I'm writing today on behalf of an English prof who is
interested in locating videos (or films) of medieval mystery plays and/or medieval
morality plays. He is especially interested in one called Mankind and in anything
which might've been done by a group at the University of Toronto known as PLS. (Any
info, northern neighbors?) **Can any of you recommend anything?**

He is also interested in plays by Christopher Marlowe. We've found versions of Dr.
Faustus and Edward II, but what about The Jew of Malta or Tamburlaine? Anybody know
of anything?

As always, your input is much appreciated.


Susan Albrecht
Library Acquisitions/Media Center Asst.
Wabash College Lilly Library
Crawfordsville, IN
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