A landmark dramatisation 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.
Mike Poulton’s adaptation of The Canterbury Tales was first staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in 2005.
‘Rumbustious and passionate… this is quite simply a glorious compendium of stories and poetry’
— Daily Mail
‘Scintillating… Poulton’s admirable version… what takes one’s breath away is the range of styles and emotions on display’
‘Mike Poulton’s superb adaptation is both faithful and accessible, comfortably inhabiting the middle ground between Middle English and the modern vernacular’
— The Times