Buy Tickets From the 2016-2017 Season: Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales Playing April 01, 2017 to April 23, 2017

A Suzi Bass Awards Recommended Show!

No performance Sunday April 16

2017 Cast

Join us for a medieval romp through boisterous and bawdy olde England. Drawing on the Celtic British influences of Geoffrey Chaucer's writing, this hilarious adaptation reintroduces the tales in forms ranging from classical to spaghetti Western!

Tales Presented:
Miller’s Tale
Wife of Bath’s Tale
Pardoner’s Tale
Nun’s Priest’s Tale
Merchant’s Tale
Reeve’s Tale

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday April 9 after the show!

Audience Note:

The plot of most of the stories in The Canterbury Tales centers on sex. While there is no nudity in the play, there are frequent moments of playful sexuality including sounds of comedic passion and a brief moment of erotic (clothed) dancing. Everything is performed tongue-in-cheek, no pun intended. Please take this into consideration if you are thinking of bringing children, sensible adults or a nun.

Director's Notes

Directed by Kati Grace Brown

Show Information


Act One: 60 minutes / 15 minute intermission / Act Two: 70 minutes (Show will end at approx. 10pm/9pm Sundays)

Show Roles

Performances April 1-23, 2017

The Players
Laura Cole
Nicholas Faircloth
Rivka Levin*
Drew Reeves*
Adam King
Enoch King
Amanda Lindsey
Kirstin Calvert

Show Times
In general, shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm.

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.

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