An explosion of live music, story-telling and general mischief, Southwark Playhouse's Main House will be transformed into a fully functioning tavern for a new adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer's medieval masterpiece this Christmas.
The Canterbury Tales is an immersive adaptation that puts the audience at the heart of the action as patrons of the Tabard Inn, which – as the starting point of the pilgrims' journey to Canterbury – once stood a five minute walk from Southwark Playhouse on what is now Borough High Street.
At turns enchanting, scandalous and disgusting the tales unfold in a mixture of story and song as a collection of rogues, wenches and travellers tell stories to entertain each other on their pilgrimage. From the antics of adulterous lovers to the revenge of cuckolded husbands, the characters remain as engaging and recognisable today as they were in the 14th century.
Featuring live folk music, local ale and stories that are not for the faint-hearted, this is an evening of story-telling theatre like no other. Suitable for ages 15+
Based on the original stories by Geoffrey Chaucer.
Adapted for the stage by Tacit Theatre.
Directed by Juliane von Sivers.