16 Jan - 31 Jan 2014

A Unicorn / Tangere co-production

The Pardoner's Tale


  • Based on The Pardoner’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Adapted, directed and composed by Lewis Gibson
  • Designer Rebecca Hurst
  • Lighting Designer Ben Pacey
  • Actor Gary Lagden
  • Musicians Hannah Marshall & Christopher Preece
  • Produced by David Johnston


Let us introduce you to the Pardoner, a mischievous and mysterious fellow who will try to convince you that he has the world at his fingertips, and that you can too if you name the right price. With a few theatrical tricks up his sleeve, he'll tell you the simple tale of three men who set out on a journey to kill Death and get rich quick, a tale that quickly turns sour once temptation stands in their path.

Accompanied by a live score of music, songs and intriguing sound effects created from everyday objects, Tangere Arts bring their honest charm and brilliant wit to Chaucer's 700-year-old tale.

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'This is never sinful, always wicked fun.' ★★★★


'an impressively original and compelling piece of theatre...witty, entertaining...splendid music' ★★★★


'...a fantastic way to introduce younger children to such classic, and sometimes confusing, literature...' ★★★★

Plays to See

'This fabulous production will hook every child.'

Kids In London

'wonderfully imaginative...shows us the capabilities of theatre, and lets us in on the tricks. It is a clever and funny rocket through Chaucer’s Tale'

A Younger Theatre

'With breath-taking live music, a magically empty stage and snow falling from the skies, this ingenious production of an old and weary tale gives theatre a sudden jerk back to its storytelling roots.'

The Public Reviews

'The Pardoner’s Tale is a creative, witty and enchanting new production, which is perfectly accessible to a modern audience aged 7+'


Access performances

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Relaxed Performance
Saturday 25 January 2014, 11.00
Tuesday 28 January 2014, 10.30

Find out more about the show!

Free post-show insight after 2pm performance on Sat 25 Jan.

Download the resource pack

Click here to download the resource pack, you can find out more about our work for schools here.


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  • Getting to know The Pardoner's Tale Part One: Who really is the Pardoner?

  • Getting to know The Pardoner's Tale Part Two: Tell us about your style/approach

  • Getting to know The Pardoner's Tale Part Three: What is at the heart of the story?