The Canterbury Tales is in a church, will it be heated?
Yes....but this is a very old stone building, so we would recommend wearing warm clothes.
Isn't Chaucer written in 700yr old Middle English? Will I understand it?
Yes, because we're not using the original Middle English dialect. Like many of the great translations of Chaucer (Levi, Coghill, etc.) we will be using a modern dialogue; but you can expect verse, poetry, rhyming, even some Shakespeare!
We have small children, will the performances be suitable for them?
We believe that it is crucial for children and young people to see live theatre, so our productions are always made suitable for all ages. (If you have very young children - 4yrs and under - you may wish to consider how well they can concentrate for two and half hours). We would say that The Canterbury Tales is best suited to ages 8 - 108.
Can we bring our own alcohol?
No. As GSC is responsible for what alcohol is consumed on site we kindly ask that all alcohol is purchased from our onsite bar.
Is there a bar?
Yes. There will be a bar serving beers and wine, tea, coffee and soft drinks. Apart from flapjacks, crisps and confectionery there will be no food on sale.
Is seating provided?
Yes. We provide seating for our audiences, set out in a theatre style, subject to availability.
Is the seating reserved?
No. Seating is unallocated. Once you have booked your ticket, this guarantees you a seat, but we do not reserve a seat number for you. Simply turn up and choose your seats when you arrive. The earlier you arrive, the more choice you have.
What if the seats are sold out?
If the seating is all sold out for a particular performance, our Box Office will let you know.
Are there toilets?
Are dogs allowed at the performances?
We regret that only Guide Dogs are allowed to attend the performances. Please be aware there may be effects, amplified music and gunshots in the production.
Where can we park?
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Can we take photos/videos?
No. The taking of photographs and videos is strictly prohibited.
Is the dialogue updated, or is it Shakespeare’s
The performance will always be Shakespeare’s original text and not modernised, although the setting of the play might well be modern. Productions have been set in the 1790s, 1920s, 1930s and 1960s for example.