Friday, 19 October 2012

Canterbury Tales (theatre)

Having tried and failed to listen to the entire of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales on audiobook a few months ago, I'm going to have another go at connecting with the work when Tacit Theatre bring their interpretation to the Devonshire Park Theatre at the beginning of November.

The boisterous performances are advised for theatregoers older than 14 years and the storytelling will also include live folk music. The collection of tales were originally written in the 14th century. Chaucer's band of pilgrims entertained themselves on their way to Canterbury, each pilgrim competing to tell the best story in order to win the prize of a free meal at the Tabard Inn upon their return to Southwark. By turns enchanting, scandalous, bawdy and disgusting, the people in the tales behave very much as we still do five hundred years later!

Devonshire Park Theatre, Thu 8th to Sat 10th Nov, 19:45.
Fri & Sat matinees, 14:30.
Tickets various prices. Available online, by calling 01323 412000, or in person at the Box Office and the Tourist Information Office.

1 comment:

  1. Impressed with Canterbury Tales last night! We weren’t quite sure what to expect and when the play began in Olde English we were briefly concerned, but should not have been! The brief uses of Chaucer’s English were a nice touch as was the use of the auditorium space. The six strong cast are talented and versatile with a relaxed style that belies the many hours of work that must have gone into producing such a slick performance. Very funny re-tellings of selected Tales are interspersed with bawdy folk songs and I loved the inventive and creative use of props and costuming. The Tabard Inn set is also very cleverly used. Great theatre!

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