The Canterbury Tales

Front Cover
Nick Hern Books, 2005 - Drama - 210 pages

A landmark dramatisation for the Royal Shakespeare Company of one of the foundation stones of English literature.

This two-play adaptation of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales encompasses all 23 stories. All the famous characters are here - as well as many less well-known but equally full of life. Each of the stories has its own style - heroic verse for the Knight's Tale, vernacular rhymes for the Miller's Tale etc - echoing the many narrative voices employed by Chaucer himself.

Mike Poulton's adaptation of The Canterbury Tales was first staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in 2005.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

About the author (2005)

Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London, the son of a wine-merchant. He fought in France, then went there and to Italy on diplomatic missions. His Canterbury Tales, begun in 1387, is one of the foundations stones of our literature and our language. Mike Poulton has a string of successful translations and adaptations to his name, most notably Turgenev's "Fortune's Fool" (which won a Tony Award) and Schiller's "Don Carlos", which played for several months in the West End earlier in the year.

Bibliographic information