Lincoln Mystery Plays: heading to a pew near you!

by | 17 June 2022 | Gainsborough, Performing Arts

For the first time ever, the historic Lincoln Mystery Plays are touring the county this summer and coming to a church near you.
Postponed from 2020, the plays, which have medieval origins, have a striking resonance with contemporary circumstances today as they explore truth, lies and power.

Presented by a community of local actors under professional direction, this revival of an ancient tradition has become a much-anticipated highlight of the county’s arts calendar, drawing audiences from around the world.

The historical performances will bring Bible stories to life with a balance of playful humour and poignant sincerity at locations across Lincolnshire, including the new gardens at Lincoln Cathedral and – for the first time – a tour of four major county churches, from 26th July to 6th August.

Performances are scheduled for 25th to 30th July at Lincoln Cathedral, before heading out on tour which finishes with two nights at All Saints’ Church Gainsborough on 5th and 6th August.
All performances are at 7.30pm, with the Lincoln shows presented open air in the shadow of the Cathedral, with opportunity to picnic. There will be a special BSL-signed performance on Saturday 30th July.

Tickets, priced at £12.00 and £15.00, are available now through and directly from the venues.
With experience of the York Mystery Plays, Director Tom Straszewski has brought fresh interpretation to the historic Lincoln plays. Whilst remaining true to their medieval origins, they tell the story of the world from its creation through to Doomsday. Along the way we meet a cast of vibrant characters, including gossips, nosey midwives, soldiers, angels and even God. It is a collaborative approach where actors take on a multitude of characters, backed up by folk music, puppetry and dance, to bring the powerful narrative to life.

To take part or find out more, contact Tom Straszewski at or visit