Globus Theatre’s Youth Winter Arts Program presents The Canterbury Tales

By Lindsay Advocate

The Canterbury Tales is being reinterpreted for the 21st century by a cast of 13 young performers involved with Globus Theatre's Youth Winter Arts Program.

Globus Theatre’s Youth Winter Arts Program is back for a second year. Last year’s pilot program saw a sold-out production of Mmmbeth, a comedic take on the Shakespearian classic Macbeth. Now, once again under the direction of Rebecca Anne Bloom, this company of youth and young adults will bring to the Globus Theatre stage a modern spin on the 14th century classic The Canterbury Tales, originally written by Geoffery Chaucer and adapted by Lindsay Price.

A group of travellers set out from London (England!) to Canterbury on a pilgrimage to visit the shrine of St. Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. To pass the time they entertain each other with a storytelling contest. From the Miller’s tale to the Prioress’, characters come alive on this unforgettable journey. Who is crowned the winner? Well, that is yet to be decided.

Considered one of the most important pieces of English literature, the original text by Chaucer comprises of 24 tales written in Middle English, between 1387 and 1400. Now 13 youth will bring it to life in a 21st century English, full-length adaptation, taking on over 30 different characters and numerous costume changes in the process.

“This is my favourite type of work to do in the theatre industry,” says Bloom, the director. “What starts as simply a script, gradually changes and transforms after every rehearsal. All these young people have brought forward their creative ideas for the characters, costumes, set pieces and scenes, making this a fully collaborative production. The Canterbury Tales is very Monty-Python-esque and I know audiences will enjoy this fantastic story, told with theatrical flair.”

Theatregoers won’t want to miss this hysterical, high-energy play full of spirited jokes, exuberant adventure, and maybe a dance number or two. The Canterbury Tales is guaranteed to make audiences smile, laugh and cheer, so be sure to get tickets soon. The production runs April 19 and 20 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets cost $10 + HST.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the Globus Theatre box office at 705-738-2037.


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