Oxford Medieval Mystery Plays

Medieval Mystery Plays 2023 Poster_v4

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

The Medieval Mystery Plays are held annually at St Edmund Hall.

These plays were a very popular form of drama in the Middle Ages – with different groups performing short plays telling stories from the Bible. To take part in the next performance, email Professor Henrike Lähnemann, Fellow at 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, Co-Directors of the Oxford Medieval Studies Programme at TORCH, under the address medieval@torch.ox.ac.uk.

Next performance: Saturday 22 April 2023, 12noon-3:30pm

St Edmund Hall, Front Quad, Churchyard, Broadbent Garden


12.00: Extracts from Piers Plowman (Swonken ful harde) Middle English

12.30: The Nativity and Salutation (English Faculty) Middle English

13.00: The Innocents (Les perles innocentes) 16th-century French

—13.30 BREAK—

14.00: The Passion (Sorores Sanctae Hildae) Latin and German

14.30: The Harrowing of Hell (Medieval Germanists) Middle High German

15.00: The Last Judgement (Past and Present Teddy Students) Modern English

See full event programme

Plays by the Year


Read and view the 10 plays performed in 2019.



Read and view the forthcoming plays being performed in 2022.