Buy Tickets From the 2011-2012 Season: Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales Playing May 03, 2012 to May 27, 2012

Matt Felten

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! We’re bringing back all your favorite tales.

Featuring the following tales:
The Miller's Tale
The Wife of Bath's Tale
The Pardoner's Tale
The Nun's Tale
The Merchant's Tale
The Reeve's Tale

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday May 13 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, and only innocent kissing, there are frequent moments of playful sexuality and eroticism, including sounds, passion (albeit comedic sounds) 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

Adapted and Directed by John Stephens

Show Information


Act One - 60 min / Act Two - 60 min

Show Roles

May 3-27, 2012

Veronika Duerr*
Nicholas Faircloth
Matt Felten
Rivka Levin*
Matt Nitchie
Drew Reeves*
Mary Russell
Rachel Frawley
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Show Times
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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