mystery play


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mystery play

n.
A medieval drama based on scriptural events especially in the life of Jesus.

[From mystery.]

mystery play

n
(Theatre) (in the Middle Ages) a type of drama based on the life of Christ. Compare miracle play

mys′tery play`


n.
a medieval drama based on a Bible story, usu. about Christ. Compare miracle play, morality play.
[1850–55]
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Noun1.mystery play - a medieval play representing episodes from the life of Christ
drama, dramatic play, play - a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"
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mystery play

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Each had made his choice; one, the bonfire; another, the maypole; another, the mystery play.
In the middle of the hall, opposite the great door, a platform of gold brocade, placed against the wall, a special entrance to which had been effected through a window in the corridor of the gold chamber, had been erected for the Flemish emissaries and the other great personages invited to the presentation of the mystery play.
This crowd had been waiting since daybreak for three things: noonday, the embassy from Flanders, the mystery play.
The Mystery Plays seem to have reached their greatest popularity in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
As compared with the usual type of Mystery plays the Moralities had for the writers this advantage, that they allowed some independence in the invention of the story; and how powerful they might be made in the hands of a really gifted author has been finely demonstrated in our own time by the stage-revival of the best of them, 'Everyman' (which is probably a translation from a Dutch original).
The various dramatic forms from the tenth century to the middle of the sixteenth at which we have thus hastily glanced--folk-plays, mummings and disguisings, secular pageants, Mystery plays, Moralities, and Interludes--have little but a historical importance.
A LITTLE later than the Miracle and Mystery plays came another sort of play called the Moralities.
The Chester Mystery Play Quilt, right , was stolen from the city's cathedral, left , last week.
The Casa - aka 29 Hope Street - is being used to stage Harold Pinter's classic early 60s mystery play The Dumb Waiter on Monday and Tuesday.
Greban also collaborated with his brother Simon on a long mystery play about the Acts of the Apostles.
Performers who will be enacting a Tyneside mystery play for the first time for centuries are sure they are on to a winner.
1575) as a document that reconfigures the mystery play as an artifact of Chester's civic history.