Canterbury Tales

Canterbury Tales – Watford Palace Theatre

25 – 26 February 2014

Watford Palace Theatre, in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council Children’s Services, presents

The Canterbury Tales

By Geoffrey Chaucer

Heard the one about the Knight, the Monk, the Miller and the Wife of Bath? Well now’s your chance, as some of Chaucer’s best loved tales are brought to life by a company of four versatile actors.

As our motley bunch of medieval characters prepare for the long pilgrimage from Southwark to Canterbury, the Host of the local tavern challenges them all to a storytelling competition.

Rude, crude and sometimes downright lewd, these tales are nothing like how you remember them from school. Let the battle commence.

Suitable for school audiences from Key Stage 3 to A-Level

Adapted by Mike Poulton

Director: James Williams

Designer: Rebecca Brower

Composer / Musical Director: Christopher Peake

Accompanying DVD and other resources available.
Free Post-Show Q&A – Wednesday 26 February

Watford Palace Theatre is delighted to reveal the talented company of four versatile actors who will bring Chaucer’s rude & crude characters to life in our new production of The Canterbury Tales, this February.

They will be Pete Ashmore, Arabella Gibbins, George Haynes and Keshini Misha.

Pete Ashmore trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and has extensive theatre credits, including many Shakespearean roles. Pete will play several roles, including the heroic Knight who opens the storytelling competition.

Arabella Gibbins is a recent graduate from The Oxford School of Drama, but has already performed at Soho Theatre. Her numerous roles, which include the Wife of Bath, will make the most of her beautiful singing voice.

George Haynes trained at Drama Studio London. Whilst training he played Vanya in Uncle Vanya and Macbeth in Macbeth. His varied roles include the drunken Miller, the romantic hero Palamon and the old Crone from the Wife of Bath’s Tale.

Keshini Misha trained at Rose Bruford College as an Actor Musician. She has recently played Sita in a tour of Sita’s Story, for Tara Arts, and is currently working on an EP. Her roles will include the moral Monk and the filthily immoral Cook.

This hour-long version of The Canterbury Tales has been adapted by Mike Poulton, and is directed by James Williams, our Resident Director in the Participation team, he has previously directed touring productions of The Trial, The Good Soul of Szechuan and The Tempest. Rebecca Brower is the designer, and the composer and musical director is Christopher Peake.

The Canterbury Tales will tour local schools throughout February before playing three performances at Watford Palace Theatre on 25 & 26 February. Click here to find out more and book tickets.