Tangere Arts and the Unicorn Theatre have joined forces to present The Pardoner’s Tale which tours to Bath’s egg theatre from Thursday 12th June to Saturday 14th June. Recommended for ages 8 years and over, this engaging piece of adventurous theatre provides an introduction for young audiences to one of the most influential literary works written in English: Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.

The Pardoners Tale  Gary Lagden  Photo credit Manuel HarlanTangere Arts has taken The Pardoner’s Tale and created a piece of contemporary theatre that bridges the centuries. Gary Lagden plays the Pardoner; a quick-witted, silver tongued trickster, part magician, part orator and part salesman. He’ll sell you a pardon to get out of your homework, he’ll convince you that he has the world at his fingertips, and that you can too, if you name the right price!

Bursting from his stool in the Tabard Inn, the Pardoner engages, animates, disturbs and thrills his audience as he tells the tale of three men who set out on a journey to kill Death and get rich quick, a journey that soon turns sour once temptation stands in their path.

The story the Pardoner tells, which was already well known when Chaucer included it in The Canterbury Tales in 1387, is as fitting a moral tale for 2014 as it was then.

Actor Gary Lagden is joined on stage by two musicians, Hannah Marshall and Christopher Preece, who underscore the story with live music, songs and foley techniques that use everyday objects to create sound effects.

The Pardoners Tale  centre Gary Lagden background musicians Hannah Marshall and Christopher Preece - Photo credit Manuel Harlan

Exploding with a range of sound, lighting and set pieces, Tangere Arts bring their charm and brilliant wit to Chaucer’s 700-year-old tale, directed by Lewis Gibson, designed by Rebecca Hurst and Ben Pacey, and co-produced by London’s Unicorn Theatre.

Based in rural Derbyshire, Tangere Arts has extensive experience in producing theatre performances and drama workshops for young audiences and communitiesthroughout the East Midlands and nationally. Tangere’s previous visits to the egg theatre include Hood in the Wood in 2009. 

Photo credit: Manuel Harlan

THE PARDONER’S TALE appears at the egg theatre in Bath from Thursday 12th June to Saturday 14th June.  Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844, the egg on 01225 823 409 and online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk