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Auditions open for York Minster Mystery Plays

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Auditions to decide the stars of next summer's York Minster Mystery Plays start at the cathedral today.

It will be staged at the Minster next May for the first time in 16 years and only the second time in the Plays' history.

More than 220 community performers have applied to be part of the cast with roles like Adam, Eve, Noah and Satan, as well as a range of supporting parts.

A community cast will be at the heart of our production and we've had an overwhelming response from York's amateur theatre community.

It's exciting to now be at the audition stage and we're looking forward to meeting our future performers and getting to know them in a totally unpressurised environment.

We're inviting people to spend ten minutes doing something they love and which shows them off to the best of their ability - whether it's a reading, poem, song or something totally different. We just really want to get to know each person and for them to enjoy the experience."

– Phillip Breen, Director of the York Minster Mystery Plays 2016

Applicants are now being given the chance to impress at the first round of auditions, which run from Wednesday November 25 to Sunday 29.

Call-backs for leading roles due to take place in December, with the five-week run of performances starting on May 26 - the feast of Corpus Christi.

The 800-year old Minster's cavernous Nave will be transformed into a 1,000 seater auditorium for the production.