Oxford Medieval Mystery Plays

Oxford Medieval Mystery Cycle Plays: medieval drama to a modern-day audience

The Medieval Mystery Cycle Plays are held annually at St Edmund Hall bringing together actors, singers and musicians across a range of academic disciplines to perform medieval plays about the Christian faith.

These plays were a very popular form of drama in the Middle Ages – with different groups performing short plays telling stories from the Bible. The event is led by Professor Henrike Lähnemann, St Edmund Hall Fellow and Professor of Medieval German Literature and Linguistics, and Professor Lesley Smith, Fellow and Tutor in Politics and Senior Tutor at Harris Manchester College.

Plays by the Year


Read and view the 10 plays performed in 2019.



Read and view the forthcoming plays being performed in 2022.