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The Canterbury Tales (stage version)

The Canterbury Tales (stage version)
Your Price: $24.95 CDN
Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Adapted by: Mike Poulton
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 210
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 185459883X
ISBN-13: 9781854598837

About the Book:

A landmark dramatization for the Royal Shakespeare Company of one of the foundation stones of English literature.

This two-play adaptation of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales encompasses all 23 stories. All the famous characters are here — as well as many less well-known but equally full of life. Each of the stories has its own style — heroic verse for the Knight's Tale, vernacular rhymes for the Miller's Tale etc. — echoing the many narrative voices employed by Chaucer himself.

The two plays can be performed either together or separately.

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales was first staged at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon in 2005.

Cast: 5 women and 15 men, with doubling (large cast, over 50, possible)

What people say:

"Rumbustious and passionate… this is quite simply a glorious compendium of stories and poetry." — The Daily Mail

"Scintillating… Poulton's admirable version… what takes one's breath away is the range of styles and emotions on display." — The Guardian

"Mike Poulton's superb adaptation is both faithful and accessible, comfortably inhabiting the middle ground between Middle English and the modern vernacular." — The Times

About the Author:

Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London, the son of a wine-merchant. He fought in France, then went there and to Italy on diplomatic missions. His Canterbury Tales, begun in 1387, is one of the foundations stones of English literature and language.

Mike Poulton has built a reputation in British theatre as an English translator and adapter of classic texts for contemporary performance. His critically acclaimed adaptations have won seven major awards on Broadway, including two Tonys.