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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School presents

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey ChaucerThe Canterbury Tales, Friday 21st June

We’re once again lucky to be included in the annual South West tour of the Graduating Students’ final year production. They have been bringing their shows to Wedmore audiences at the Village Hall now for nearly 30 years, and have never disappointed!

The combination of the creativity and energy of these extremely talented young actors, and the hilarious – and often bawdy – antics of Chaucer’s unforgettable characters, makes for a memorable night out at the theatre.

Those who are familiar with Chaucer’s tendency to sauciness will not be surprised to learn that this production is not recommended for under-14s.

Geoffrey Chaucer, born in around 1343AD, is widely known as the Father of English Literature. His poetry was a great favourite of King Edward III, and by 1389, Chaucer was working as the Clerk of the King’s Works, when he began writing his most famous work- The Canterbury Tales. It tells the story of some 30 pilgrims walking from Southwark to Canterbury on a pilgrimage to the shrine of St Thomas Beckett. En route, the pilgrims engage in a story telling competition to win a meal at the Tabard Inn! Chaucer’s comic characters offer various insights into social class, spirituality and religion in the Middle Ages. The work was unfinished when Chaucer died in around 1400AD, aged 57. He was the first poet to be buried in Westminster Abbey’s ‘Poet’s Corner’.