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Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
The Mystery Play of Elche is the only medieval play which has been kept alive until today thanks to a privilege granted by Pope Urban VIII (1632). It is divided into two acts, it takes place in two days, and it is entirely chanted. Its text is written in Valencian and its music includes melodies derived from the Gregorian repertoire, with Renaissance composers and Baroque or even later additions.
The Festa (the Mystery Play) was declared a National Monument in 1931 and a Festivity of International Tourist Interest in 1980. In 1990 it received the High Award of the Regional Government of Valencia and in 2001 the UNESCO included it on its list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
- Grandes eventos
- Starts: 11/08/2014
- Ends: 15/08/2014
- Phone numbers:
- 965 456 112
- Web: www.misteridelx.com
The two acts of the Mystery Play are traditionally performed on the afternoons of 14th and 15th August in the Basilica of Santa Maria. These performances have free entrance. Dress rehearsals are also held there on the 11th, 12th and 13th August, when both acts are staged together, although with a short interval between them. To attend these rehearsals it is necessary to buy a ticket in advanced.
There are also other special performances in years ended in an even number. They take place the 29th and 30th October (dress rehearsals), and on the 1st November the full play is performed.
CALENDAR OF PERFORMANCES
ANNUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE MYSTERY PLAY OF ELCHE
11th and 12th August, 22.30 h.: Dress rehearsal (with tickets).
13th August, 17.30 h.: Dress rehearsal (with tickets).
14th August, 18.00 h.: The Vespra, or first act of the Mystery Play (Free entrance).
15th August, 10.00 h.: Funeral procession of the Virgin through the streets of the town.
15th August, 18.00 h.: The Festa, or second act of the Mystery Play (Free entrance).
EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCES (YEARS ENDING IN AN EVEN NUMBER)
29th and 30th October, 22.00 h.: Dress rehearsal (with tickets).
1st November, 10.00 h.: The Vespra (free entrance), or first act of the Mystery Play. At the end, the funeral procession of the Virgin Mary through the streets of the town.
1st November, 17.00 h.: The Festa (free entrance), or second act of the Mystery Play.
Casa de la Festa
Carrer Major de la Vila, 27
Tel.: 965 456 112
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