Canterbury Tales comes to Alford Manor gardens

THE Canterbury Tales are set to come to life in spectacular fashion later this week when Alford Manor House plays host to a fantastic outdoor interpretation of Chaucer’s famous work.

The Pantaloons production company will take to the Manor House’s gardens for their open air performance this Friday, July 15 at 7pm.

And organisers are promising a spectacular evening filled with laughter, tears and Chaucer’s larger-than-life characters.

“This is a brand new adaptation of the medieval classic, with a contemporary twist,” said a spokesperson.

“Expect music, laughter and tears as a cast of larger-than-life characters tell their tales of deception and redemption, magic and majesty, life and death. Oh, and talking chickens.

“This is open air theatre in the newly restored gardens at the Manor House.

“It’s a glorious setting but be prepared for the weather and bring your own seating,” they added.

The Pantaloons’ new production has been described as ”lively, lusty and wonderfully daft” in recent reviews, which have also gone on to label it “energetic” and a “ray of sunshine on a gloomy day”.

The company is a young, vibrant touring group whose style draws from a wide variety of popular theatre traditions - from commedia dell’arte to stand-up comedy and silent movies.

Doors open at 6pm. Advance tickets for the evening cost £9 for adults and £5 for concessions and can be purchased from Alford Manor House on 01507 463073. Alternatively you can buy them on the door on the night for £12 (£5 children).