Canterbury Tales
By Geoffrey Chaucer, adapted in modern English by Nick Warburton

19:45, Tue 9th – Sat 13th July 2024 at ADC Theatre
14:30, Sat 13th July 2024 at ADC Theatre
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In this new adaptation there are a few instances of scurrilous subject matter and language from time to time.
Some depictions of violence in the Miller's Tale (red hot poker) and the Knight's Tale (fighting)
Descriptions of deaths in the Knight's Tale and the Pardoner's Tale
Depictions of drunkeness in the Miller's Tale and the Pardoner's Tale
Mention of rape in the Wife of Bath's Tale
Mention of war in the Franklin's Tale
Descriptions of adultery in the Miller's Tale
The Devil as a character in the Friar's Tale

Nick Warburton, screenwriter and playwright, a writer for The Archers, and who has also adapted many classic works for Radio 4’s Classic Serial, now brings you a new staged adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Originally adapted by Nick for BBC Radio 4’s The Archers in 2018, six tales from that version have now been readapted for the stage.

A raggle-taggle band of pilgrims – common working folk, some kings and queens, and the odd shady priest – pauses on its way to Canterbury. The pilgrims stretch their legs, take a little refreshment and start to tell their stories.

Here are six of Chaucer’s most vibrant tales, presented by a talented cast of fourteen.

You’ll meet the Knight, the Miller, the Wife of Bath, the Pardoner, the Friar and the Franklin who’ll spin a whole range of stories for you in lively modern English. Some will be comic and bawdy, some tender and romantic, and some will include a touch of magic.

More than thirty characters are brought to life in this new modern adaptation of Chaucer’s colourful and timeless storytelling.

This production is recommended for ages 12 and over.

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