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Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales at Little Moreton Hall

National Trust property Little Moreton Hall once again hosted a production by award-winning local amateur company, Alsager Community Theatre. In July, ACT staged an adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in one of the most intimate and delightful acting areas in Cheshire, the courtyard of this beautiful Elizabethan Hall.

The courtyard of Little Moreton Hall was transformed into the Tabard Inn, where pilgrims gathered before setting off on their journey to the shrine of Thomas a Becket at Canterbury. The pilgrims came from every part of England and from every class of 14th century society. They quarrelled, insulted, attacked and defended each other while Harry Bailey, the host of the Tabard, attempted to keep the peace and to keep the stories coming.

Director Maree Thorpe told us, “We are performing four of the Tales; the Knight’s, the Miller’s, the Pardoner’s and the Wife of Bath’s, and ACT is fortunate to have attracted a large and talented cast of local actors, who will all play multiple roles as pilgrims both telling and acting out the tales. The medieval costumes will look wonderful at Little Moreton Hall and there will be plenty of colour and action in a fast-moving, energetic production. Humour, sometimes bawdy, will have first priority but there are also opportunities for romance, melodrama, song and dance. Wonderful, atmospheric music has been written specially for the production by local composer Richard Tadman.”

Canterbury Tales was performed on 14, 15 and 16 July and again on 21, 22 and 23 July 2016.  Audience members were once again free to picnic on the lawns at Little Moreton Hall beforehand.

The production was extremely well received and a wonderful time was had by all!