"The Canterbury Tales" extends to 4 Nov 2006

"The Canterbury Tales" extends to 4 Nov 2006

The RSC productions of The Canterbury Tales Part 1 & 2 , have been extended by five weeks at the Gielgud Theatre. Tickets now on sale to 4 Nov 2006.

The plays opened 13 July 2006, following previews from 8 July, to reasonable notices from the popular press: PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Skilfully adapted...directed, with terrific verve and resourcefulness...A crack ensemble." NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Blame the spirit of the times or just enjoy it." LYN GARDNER for THE GUARDIAN says, "Mike Poulton's adaptation is good and true."

The plays are directed by Gregory Doran, Rebecca Gatward and Jonathan Munby, with design by Michael Vale, lighting by Wayne Dowdeswell, music by Adrian Lee and sound by Jeremy Dunn. Produced in the West End by Bill Kenwright & Thelma Holt

The cast includes: Nick Barber, Claire Benedict, Daon Broni, Dylan Charles, Paola Dionisotti, Lisa Ellis, Christopher Godwin, Mark Hadfield, Michael Hadley, Anna Hewson, Edward Hughes, Michael Jibson, Michael Matus, Barry McCarthy, Chu Omabala, Ian Pirie, Joshua Richards, Christopher Saul, Katherine Tozer, Darren Tunstall.

Part I consists of 'The Knight, The Miller and Other Tales'. The pilgrims’ journey begins with the pageantry and spectacle of 'The Knight’s Tale' as chivalrous rivals compete for their love’s affections. Later love is of a different vein in the shape of the bawdy 'Miller’s Tale', before the farmyard chaos of the 'Nun’s Priest’s Tale' as the vain cockerel Chaunticleer is abducted by the wily col-fox.

Part II consists of 'The Wife Of Bath and Other Tales'. As the colourful characters near Canterbury, perhaps the most famous of the pilgrims, the worldly-wise Wife of Bath, regales her fellow travellers with tales of unfortunate and downtrodden husbands. In contrast, the Franklin tells of his romance of Arveragus, Aurelius and Dorigen, steeped in the lofty ideals of chivalry and courtly love.

The two parts of The Canterbury Tales Part 1 & 2 are self-contained productions, so can be watched in isolation and do not necessarily need to be seen in chronological order.

Repertoire schedule...

PART ONE on Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri at 7.30pm and Thurs and Sat mats at 2pm
PART TWO on Thurs, Sat at 7.30pm

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