This Season

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The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

Book Tickets

Thursday 12 Mar 202019:30

In this new version of Geoffrey Chaucer’s timeless classic, six of the best-loved tales will be told in a variety of styles packed with colourful characters and strange situations.

Taking visual inspiration from medieval mystery plays and complete with a touring set which has been specially constructed to resemble a period travelling theatre, the three-strong cast use drama, verse, physical theatre and song to bring Chaucer's characters to riotous life.  

This is definitely not a dry academic take on English literature. The show is fast, furious, occasionally filthy and invariably funny!

Please note - The show is unsuitable for under 12s (and serious scholars of the late Middle Ages...)

About the Tales

Written in the late 14th century, The Canterbury Tales is the high-water mark of medieval English literature. It centres on a disparate group of pilgrims who are travelling to the shrine of Thomas à Becket at Canterbury Cathedral who tell each other stories to while away the journey. All human life is present – from the dark and brooding Pardoner’s Tale to the bawdy Miller’s Tale, via the proto-feminism of the Wife of Bath’s Tale and the simple whimsy of the Nun’s Priest’s Tale.

Although Chaucer wrote his masterwork over 600 years ago, it still feels contemporary, fresh and vital and wholly accessible to modern audiences.