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The Canterbury Tales (Close Up Theatre)

By | Published on Sunday 24 August 2014

This fresh-faced cast is more talented than they have any right to be, youthful as they are. Choosing the Royal Shakespeare Company and Mike Poulton’s dramatisation of The Canterbury Tales, Close Up Theatre tackle this script with the prowess of seasoned performers long in the tooth. This slick and saucy imagining of Chaucer’s beloved Tales doesn’t miss a beat. Utterly committed, they embody horny millers, carpenters, wenches and a prioress with swagger and vivacity. Gorgeous chamber choir vocals are a welcome addition to the bawdy humour. Admittedly this production does not bring anything new to the table, and is marginally too long. Nevertheless, this is sexy, sordid storytelling from an accomplished cast of bright young things.

Greenside at Royal Terrace, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Hannah Cutting]