This Weekend in York: adaptation from the York Cycle, ‘A Resurrection for York’

… A timely event for parts of the UK on the verge of ‘opening-up’ after lockdown: this weekend, the York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust is staging ‘A Resurrection for York’. This production will stage an adaptation of the Resurrection sequence from the York’s medieval mystery play cycle. The event will be staged on pageant wagons […]

‘In Memoriam, David Bevington’, by Alexandra Johnston

REED North-East is saddened to learn of the recent passing of David Bevington, a leading light in early drama studies, based, most recently, at the University of Chicago. The following tribute to the Professor Bevington was written by Alexandra Johnston, founder and Senior Consultant of Records of Early English Drama (shared from a post by […]

“Workshop on Attitudes to Nudity in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period”

REED N-E’s own Mark Chambers will be speaking on ‘Nudity in the Medieval Drama’ at the workshop below, hosted by Durham University’s Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies: —REGISTRATION IS OPEN— [WORKSHOP] Laid Bare: Attitudes to Nudity in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period Saturday 10th March 2018 Senior Common Room, St Cuthbert’s Society, 12 […]

Professor John McKinnell speaks to BBC Newcastle

Hear our own Chief Investigator Professor John McKinnell talk to BBC Radio Newcastle’s Ingrid Hagemann about the work of the REED-NE project, including last month’s Flower (the death of Durham’s medieval tightrope walker), the infamous ‘Mother Naked’ and other interesting findings. For subscribers based in the UK, the interview will be available on BBC I-Player […]

More scenes from the 2014 York Mystery Plays

Here are some more scenes from the 2014 York Mystery Plays, taken from the second Sunday of performance (20th July). They show: 1. The Baptism of Christ, St. Sampson’s Square (NOT an advert for Pizza Express!), brought forth by HIDDen Theatre Company (John the Baptist: Mark Burghagen; Jesus: Ehren Mierau; God: Charles Hunt; Angel 1: […]

Some scenes from the 2014 York Mystery Plays

Here are some photos of last Sunday’s York Mystery Plays (13 July 2014). They include: 1. The procession of The Shepherds’ Play, by the The Guild of Scriveners, showing the pageant wagon and a team of angels (processing up Minister Yard towards Deangate) 2. Christ before Annas and Caiaphas, by The Company of Cordwainers in […]

New ‘Related Websites’ page

Check out our new and updated ‘Related Websites’ page, which gives details of websites and links for various societies and scholarly journals – both in the UK and abroad – dedicated to the study of Medieval and Early Modern drama. You can find it at !

Mystery play revived in Newcastle upon Tyne

On Friday 28th March the only surviving mystery play of the Newcastle Corpus Christi cycle, Noah’s Ark, was performed by Newcastle University students and staff in the great hall of the Newcastle’s twelfth century Castle Keep. This late-medieval biblical play – probably originally and performed each year by the Newcastle Shipwrights’ guild at the Feast […]

The REED-NE Project Office Welcomes You!

The REED-NE Project Office is now open: Room 267 Elvet Riverside II, New Elvet, Durham University (Durham), DH1 3JT; tel. +44 (0)1913344333. If you’re a Durham resident, student or scholar who’s interested in the work of the project, or if you’re going to be visiting Durham in the near future and would like more information […]

Records of Early English Drama Northeast

Welcome to the Records of Early English Drama Northeast Blog! Here our Durham-based project members will be posting regular updates regarding the ongoing work of the project, as well as keeping you up-to-date with news, events and performances relating to early English drama from the notheastern counties and elsewhere. Blog followers are warmly invited to […]