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.”