canberra1 Edwina Mr_Miller

The Canterbury Tales

freely adapted for the 21st century by Vera Hughes

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales are as true to life now as they were when he wrote them, over a thirteen year period, towards the end of the 14th century. He used the device of a group of pilgrims travelling from the Tabard Inn in Southwark to the shrine of Thomas à Becket at Canterbury, telling tales to amuse and entertain each other. In this entertaining selection of the Tales, Chaucer’s original Canterbury Tales become modern-day stories told on the cruise liner Canberra. For example:

  • The Pardoner, who was a rogue salesman, becomes a Financial Adviser.
  • Chaucer’s rumbustious Miller becomes Mr Miller, a quality control clerk in a bank

What audience members have said:

  • "What you did with The Canterbury Tales ... was inspirational."
  • “Great fun.”
  • Superb writing.”
  • Vera's hilarious and original adaptation ... was so witty, imaginative and well informed.”
  • Magnificent acting.”
  • Deserves a wide audience.”
  • I have seldom enjoyed anything so much.”
  • Altogether a superlative performance.”
  • A triumphant show.”
  • A superb evening in every respect.”

Past Presentations and Future Bookings

50+ Club Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Alderbury Wives Club Alderbury, Wiltshire
Amesbury Abbey Amesbury, Wiltshire
Andover Women in Business Club St Mary Bourne, Hampshire
Art & Soul Andover, Hampshire
Basingstoke Rotary Kingsclere, Hampshire
Bedwyn History Society Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire
Binsted Society Binsted, Hampshire
Bournemouth Literary Lunch Club Bournemouth, Dorset
Brook House Country Club Botley, Hampshire
Cancer Research UK Sarratt,  Hertfordshire
Cole Court Club Twickenham, Middlesex
Cricklade Theatre Andover, Hampshire
Downland Gardening Club Chaddleworth, Berkshire
Finchampstead Society Finchampstead, Berkshire
Four Parishes Arts Society Grateley, Hampshire
Friends of Mere Museum Mere, Wiltshire
Friendship Club Camberley, Surrey
Gosport Discovery Centre Gosport, Hampshire
Harnham Wives Group West Harnham, Wiltshire
Havant Arts Centre Havant, Hampshire
Hythe Library Hythe, Hampshire
Inner Wheel Horsham Horsham, West Sussex
International Caravan Association Maidstone, Kent
Keystone Hall Andover, Hampshire
Kirkandrews Kirk- fundraising Borgue, Galloway
Lymington Library, Lymington, Hampshire
Maiden Erlegh Ladies Club Earley, Berkshire
Mission to Seafarers - fundraising Southampton, Hampshire
Naomi House - fundraising St Cross, Winchester, Hampshire
North Hampshire NT Members Hook, Hampshire
Poole Ladies Dining Club Poole, Dorset
Private birthday function Abbotts Ann, Hampshire
Private birthday function Blandford, Dorset
Private birthday function Cholderton, Wiltshire
Private function - Brook House West Hoathly, West Sussex
Probus New Forest Lymington, Hampshire
Probus Oxford Cumnor, Oxford
Probus, Southampton East Netley Abbey, Hampshire
RAF Yacht Club (Ladies Lunch) Hamble, Hampshire
Ramblers Club Croydon, Surrey
RNLI - fundraising Totton Hampshire
Romsey Arts Festival Romsey, Hampshire
Rooksbury Mill - fundraising Andover, Hampshire
Rotary Havant and Emsworth Rowlands Castle, Hampshire
Royal Chase Hotel Shaftesbury, Dorset
Royal Southampton Yacht Club Southampton, Hampshire
Sainsbury's Veterans Crawley, West Sussex
Southern Electric Retired Employees Assn Kidlington, Oxford
Sunrise of Bassett Southampton, Hampshire
TWG Hampshire North Federation Camberley Heath, Surrey
Waterlooville Library Waterlooville, Hampshire
U3A Abingdon Abingdon, Oxfordshire
U3A Andover Andover, Hampshire
U3A Anton Andover, Hampshire
U3A Chipping Norton Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
U3A Eastbourne Eastbourne, East Sussex
U3A Ems Valley Emsworth, Hampshire
U3A Fleet Fleet, Hampshire
U3A Havant Bedhampton, Hampshire
U3A Hayling Island Hayling Island, Hampshire
U3A Odiham Odiham, Hampshire
U3A Portsmouth Southsea, Hampshire
U3A Romsey Romsey, Hampshire
U3A Summer School Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
U3A Summer School Chichester, West Sussex
U3A Trowbridge Trowbridge, Wiltshire
WI Alice Holt Rowledge, Surrey
WI Alton Alton, Hampshire
WI Andover Andover, Hampshire
WI Ardingly Ardingly, West Sussex
WI Boxgrove Boxgrove, West Sussex
WI Burghley Group Reading, Berkshire
WI Caversham Caversham, Berkshire
WI Chieveley Chieveley, Berkshire
WI Churt Churt, Surrey
WI Dauntsey Group Dauntsey, Wiltshire
WI Ewhurst Ewhurst, Surrey
WI Fitzharry's Abingdon, Oxfordshire
WI Gosport Gosport, Hampshire
WI Hamble Valley Group Bitterne, Hampshire
WI Hart Group Church Crookham, Hampshire
WI Kempshott Basingstoke, Hampshire
WI Kennet Group Newbury, Berkshire
WI Leckhampstead Leckhampstead, Berkshire
WI Pang Group Pangbourne, Berkshire
WI Vale Group Highworth, Wiltshire
WI Wareham and Watercombe Group Broadmayne, Dorset
WI Wyke Regis Wyke Regis, Dorset