Twenty stories make up the Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the fourteenth century. One of these, The Pardoner’s Tale, is set to be performed in the Studio theatre over a ten day period, in a new, lively adaptation that has been co-produced by Unicorn Theatre and Tangere Arts.

With a production aimed at a younger audience of aged seven and upwards, The Pardoner’s Tale tells the story of three men who set out to kill Death. However, along the way, confronted with an opportunity to make their fortunes, greed gets the better of them and things don’t turn out quite as they had planned!

“You have been summoned by the Pardoner to the Tabard Inn, a place where stories are currency and any troubles are left at the bottom of a glass… He wants to tell you the tale of three men who once set out on a journey to kill Death and get rich quick. He wants to show you how their quest to revenge the death of a mutual friend turned into a treacherous journey into the dark world of greed, murder and mayhem. He wants you to know that you should always watch your back, because you never know where your enemies may hide.” (

Recalling the story of the three men, is Gary Lagden who stars in the title role as a trickster, part-magician, narrator and salesman.

Directed and composed by Lewis Gibson, the performance is accompanied by live music, songs and some interesting sound effects.

This 700 year old tale is truly brought to life in a wonderful production and if you enjoyed A Thousand Slimy Things which was also produced last year by Tangere Arts, then you will surely also appreciate this latest masterpiece from the country’s leading children’s theatre company.

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The Pardoner’s Tale
The Studio, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Wednesday 18 – Saturday 28 June, 2014
Performances at 11:00am, 1:30pm, 4:00pm and 7:00pm. For the full schedule, please visit
Ticket Prices: £12 / £10. Under 13s: £5
Box Office: 0161 833 9833.