(also mumming play)
A traditional English folk play, of a type often associated with Christmas and popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The plot typically features Saint George and involves the miraculous resurrection of a character.
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- They cite the occurrence of combat between heroes and death and resurrection as precursors of mummers' plays, but do not give any proof to substantiate this statement.
- As often in the mummers' plays, that action has pitted St George against the Turkish Knight, who is slain and duly brought back to life by the Quack Doctor.
- There's also a lot of interest in customs, like the mummers' plays, including the one performed at Heptonstall, and in the traditional songs of the Ridings.