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Chaucer's classic medieval tales to be performed in castle
The world-famous Canterbury Tales are to add another stop on their long journey. Geoffrey Chaucer's classic piece of medieval literature is coming to Tamworth in Staffordshire this summer. Local literary lovers are invited to visit Tamworth Castle to watch a live performance of Chaucer's late 14th-century collection of stories known as The Canterbury Tales. The medieval theatre experience, presented by GreenMatthews, is scheduled to take place on August 5. The masterpiece is based on the storytelling contest of a group of pilgrims travelling from London to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The production at Tamworth Castle will present six of Chaucer's best-loved tales, namely The Wife of Bath's Tale, The Clerk's Tale, The Friar's Tale, The Manciple's Tale, The Franklin's Tale and The Pardoner's Tale. And Tamworth Castle's ancient walls, combined with the medieval mystery of these well-loved plays, makes it the ideal setting for a memorable evening.
The live experience will take visual inspiration from medieval mystery plays and contain a touring set specifically constructed to resemble a medieval travelling theatre. This will be complete with a three-man cast who use drama, verse, physical theatre and song to bring Chaucer's characters and the strange situations they encounter to life. The event is set to start from 7pm with a twilight tour of Tamworth Castle during which the audience will be expertly guided around the rooms filled with rich and fabulous history. At the top of the castle, they will be treated to spectacular 360 degree views of the Castle Grounds as well as the surrounding town of Tamworth. The tour will include the castle's new state-of-the-art interactive 'Battle and Tribute' exhibition paying homage to the town's rich Anglo-Saxon history. After completing the tour, visitors will have the chance to enjoy refreshments before the live performance begins at 8pm. The audience will be seated in the castle's Great Hall, with its Jacobean walls, leaded windows and beautiful wooden beams. Tickets are priced at £15 and can be booked by visiting www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk/whats-on-rv?webeventid=CanterburyTales
Councillor Robert Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: "After being closed for so long due to the pandemic, it's been amazing having the castle open to visitors again, who are really enjoying being able to visit, and particularly to see the new exhibition. We're now delighted to also be able to start hosting events again. The castle is a superb setting for a bit of theatre and this show definitely promises to bring the drama." All events are subject to COVID-19 restrictions and may be postponed or cancelled, if required. The show is unsuitable for anyone under the age of 12.