Blast From The Past theatre company presents The Canterbury Tales at Haverhill Arts Centre

The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales - Credit: Archant

Acclaimed historical theatre company Blast from the Past present a new version of Geoffrey Chaucer’s timeless classic The Canterbury Tales.

The production takes place at Haverhill Arts Centre on October 2 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10/£8/£6 and are available from or by calling the box office on 01440 714140.

Written in the late 14th century, The Canterbury Tales is perhaps the best well known example of medieval English literature. It paints a rich and vibrant portrait of life in medieval England as a disparate group of pilgrims travel to the shrine of Thomas à Becket at Canterbury Cathedral and tell each other stories to while away the journey. All human life is present – from the dark and brooding Pardoner’s Tale to the bawdy Miller’s Tale, via the proto-feminism of the Wife of Bath’s Tale and the simple whimsy of the Nun’s Priest’s Tale. Although Chaucer wrote his tales more than 600 years ago, they still feel vital – and accessible to modern audiences.

Blast from the Past present six of the best-loved tales, told in a variety of styles. Taking visual

inspiration from medieval mystery plays and complete with a touring set which has been specially constructed to resemble a medieval travelling theatre, the three-man cast use drama, verse, physical theatre and song to bring Chaucer’s characters to riotous life.