The Canterbury Tales live at New Wimbledon Theatre from Thursday 29th February to Saturday 2nd March 2024 at 19:45.
In 2024, Half Cut Theatre take their loving (but concerningly sharp) hatchet to one of the seminal works of English Literature: The Canterbury Tales.
Packed full of laughs and loves, music and mayhem, Half Cut bring their trademark joy to this raucous journey which will delight the whole family.
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The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales is a collection of 24 stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer in Middle English between 1387 and 1400. It is widely regarded as Chaucer’s magnum opus. The tales (mostly written in verse, although some are in prose) are presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together from London to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The prize for this contest is a free meal at the Tabard Inn at Southwark on their return.
The pilgrims are a diverse group of people from all walks of life, and their stories reflect the social and religious tensions of late medieval England. The tales range from bawdy comedy to religious allegory, and they offer a fascinating glimpse into the lives of people from the past.
The Canterbury Tales is one of the most important works of English literature, and it has been translated into many languages. It has been adapted for film, television, and stage, and it continues to be read and enjoyed by people all over the world.
Here are some of the most famous tales from The Canterbury Tales:
The Knight’s Tale: A chivalric romance about two friends who fall in love with the same woman.
The Miller’s Tale: A bawdy comedy about a carpenter, his wife, and their apprentice.
The Wife of Bath’s Tale: A feminist fable about a woman who learns to control her own destiny.
Wife of Bath’s Tale story
The Pardoner’s Tale: A moralistic tale about the dangers of greed.
The Nun’s Priest’s Tale: A humorous fable about a rooster who outsmarts a fox.
The Canterbury Tales is a complex and multifaceted work, and it can be interpreted in many different ways. It is a rich tapestry of human experience, and it continues to fascinate and entertain readers centuries after it was written.