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.”