The Canterbury Tales Blazing a trail across the West Country this May and June

The Canterbury Tales

West Country Tour

Key Information
  • Dates Thu 30 May 2019 - Thu 04 Jul 2019
  • Location West Country Tour
  • Ticket price

    Prices vary according to each venue – please check when booking

West Country Tour 2019

By Geoffrey Chaucer
Adapted by John Hartoch
Directed by Kirstie Davis
Original Production Design Concept by Alex Berry
Design Realisation by Sarah Warren
Design Support (Technical Rehearsal) by Charlotte Cooke

A colourful cast of characters set off for Canterbury competing to tell their tales of love, lust, adventure and chivalry. Brimming with verve and energy, Chaucer’s well-loved stories are brought beautifully alive by students from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

All of medieval life is here, with the wide range of social strata rubbing shoulders as the Miller, the Steward and the Wife of Bath (among other) all have their tales to tell.

The Canterbury Tales is a touchstone of English literature and has delighted readers for centuries.

Suitable for ages 14+

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Locations

(A) BACKWELL PLAYHOUSE, BACKWELL – limited availability
Thursday 30 May – Saturday 1 June at 7.30 pm
Saturday 1 June – matinee at 2.30 pm
25 Mariner’s Drive, Backwell, Somerset BS48 3HT
Box Office via Bristol Old Vic: 0117 987 7877

(B) THE DAVID HALL, SOUTH PETHERTON
Tuesday 4 June at 7.30 pm
Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA
Box Office: 01460 240340

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(C) THE LITTLE THEATRE, WELLS
Wednesday 5 June at 7.30 pm
Chamberlain Street, Wells, Somerset BA5 2PS

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(D) THE THEATRE, CHIPPING NORTON
Thursday 6 June at 7.45 pm
2 Spring Street, Chipping Norton, Oxon, OX7 5NL
Box Office: 01608 642350

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(E) SHAFTESBURY ARTS CENTRE
Friday 7 June at 7.30 pm
13 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8AR
Box Office: 01747 854321

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(F) TALIESIN THEATRE, SWANSEA
Saturday 8 June at 7.30 pm
Sketty, Swansea, SA2 8PZ
Box Office: 01792 602060

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(G) THE PRINCESS THEATRE & ARTS CENTRE, BURNHAM-ON-SEA
Tuesday 11 June at 7.30 pm
Princess Street, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 1EH
Box Office: 01278 784464

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(H) REGAL THEATRE, MINEHEAD
Wednesday 12 June at 7.30 pm
10-16 The Avenue, Minehead, Somerset TA24 5UQ
Box Office: 01643 706430

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(I) WHARF THEATRE, DEVIZES
Thursday 13 June at 7.30 pm
Wharf Theatre, Wharfside, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1EB
Box Office: 0333 666 3366

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(J) BRIDPORT ARTS CENTRE
Friday 14 June at 7.30 pm
South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NR
Box Office: 01308 424204

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(K) TOWN HALL, DULVERTON
Saturday 15 June at 7.30 pm
Dulverton Town Hall, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9EX
Box Office: 01398 323818

(L) TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRE, BRISTOL – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 18 June at 7.30 pm
Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF

(M) CORNERSTONE ARTS CENTRE, DIDCOT
Wednesday 19 June at 7.30 pm
25 Station Road, Didcot, Oxon OX11 7NE
Box Office: 01235 515144

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(N) THE EXCHANGE, STURMINSTER NEWTON
Thursday 20 June at 7.30 pm
1 Old Market Hill, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1QU
Box Office: 01258 475137 or artsreach.co.uk/event/bovts-canterbury-tales

(O) WEDMORE VILLAGE HALL
Friday 21 June at 7.30 pm
Wedmore Village Hall, Cheddar Road, Wedmore, Somerset BS28 4EQ
Box Office: 01934 713009

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(P) THE BEEHIVE, HONITON
Saturday 22 June at 7.30 pm
Dowell Street, Honiton, Devon EX14 1LZ
Box Office: 01404 384050

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(Q) CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY
Thursday 27 June at 7.30 pm
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD
Box Office: 08455 218218

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(R) ARMSTRONG HALL, THORNBURY
Friday 28 June at 7.30 pm
Chapel Street, Thornbury, Bristol BS35 2BJ
Box Office: 01454 412272

(S) FRAMPTON VILLAGE HALL
Saturday 29 June at 7.30 pm
Frampton Village Hall, Frampton, Dorset DT2 9NF
Box Office: 07968 586906 / 01300 320347 or artsreach.co.uk/event/bovts-canterbury-tales

(T) TACCHI-MORRIS ARTS CENTRE, TAUNTON
Tuesday 2 July at 7.30 pm
School Road, Monkton Heathfield, Taunton TA2 8PD
Box Office: 01823 414141

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(U) TIVOLI THEATRE, WIMBORNE
Wednesday 3 July at 7.30 pm
19-23 West Borough, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1LT
Box Office: 01202 885566

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(V) COTSWOLD PLAYHOUSE, STROUD
Thursday 4 July at 7.30 pm
Parliament Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1LW
Box Office: 0333 666 3366

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Cast

Elias Adojutelegan Chaucer

Tian Chaudhry The Prioress

Denzel Baidoo The Friar

Dan Hall John Franklin

Kiera Lester Mistress Joanna Franklin

Chanel Waddock Captain

Nancy Hall Mistress Elizabeth Merchant

Sarah McCormack Mistress Alice (Wife of Bath)

Jake Simmance Oswald Reeve

Izzy Coward Margery Reeve

Seb Orozco Robin Miller

Nimshi Kongolo The Host

Olivia Edwards Cat – Host’s Wife

James Burman The Pardoner

Creative Team

Director (visiting professional) Kirstie Davis

Assistant Director Charissa Martinkauppi

Original Production Design Concept (visiting professional) Alex Berry

Design Realisation (visiting professional) Sarah Warren

Design Support (Technical Rehearsal)(visiting professional) Charlotte Cooke

Lighting Designer Daniel Harvey

Sound Designer Frank Bradley

Sound Assistants Chantel Blackwood and Mary Bennett

Musical Director and Singing Coach Pamela Rudge

Movement Director Michelle Gaskell

Fight Director Jonathan Howell

Voice and Dialect Coach James Gitsham

Production Manager Jon Sherwood

Production Supervisor Alix Abram

Stage Manager James Goldsworthy

Deputy Stage Manager Raisa Daya

Assistant Stage Manager Victoria Rose

Assistant Stage Manager/Relights Joel Williams

Construction Manager Hebe Perry

Construction Assistants Joel Williams and Oliver Wareham

Scenic Artist (visiting professional) Lindsay Douglas

Costume Supervisors Madeleine Barnicoat and Rebekah Davies

Costume Assistants/Makers Amber Bowerman, Isabel Cope, Rhianne Good, Katie Ireland

Special thanks to Canterbury Cathedral, Brian Angell, Tesco – Lime Trees Road

Students developing and growing in confidence during their time here, seeing their work reaching professional standards in approach and execution; a student who intends to be a stage manager producing a wonderful sound design; a first year student making a lovely recording of a song for their recording project; tracking the careers of former students and seeing them be successful; being able to find a job opportunity for a recent graduate. Frank Bradley, Sound Tutor