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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Minster closes for visits as Mystery Play dismantling work gets under way

York Minster will close from Monday 4 until Wednesday 6 July to de-rig and clean-up at the end of the five-week run of the Mystery Plays.

Crews will strip out lighting and sound equipment, dismantle and remove the thousand-seater auditorium and remove more than 60 tonnes of lighting, sound and stage equipment.

The Chapter House, North Transept and Lady Chapel which served as make-up, cast dressing room, props and costume storage will return to normal as equipment is packed up and removed to storage and the areas thoroughly cleansed.

While the Minster is closed for general visiting, morning and evening services will continue as normal though service times and locations may be changed to keep noise and disruption to a minimum for worshippers.

Dean of York Vivienne Faull said: “We have experienced an extraordinary couple of months playing host to a theatrical spectacle on the grandest possible scale.  The logistics of dismantling such an epic production are quite considerable:  it will be a noisy, dirty and disruptive process.

“The quickest way to achieve this and reinstate the Minster is a full closure over three days.  We will re-open for general visiting on Thursday 7 July and look forward to welcoming our visitors then.  We will also be ready to welcome the General Synod of the Church England for Sung Eucharist at 10am on Sunday 10 July.”

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