May 16-19, 1973
Director - Richard Nichols
Musical Director - Lyle Barkhymer
Choreography - Joanne Van Sant
Designer-Technical Director - Fred Thayer
Choral Director - William Wyman
Costume Designer - Petie Dodrill
Canterbury Tales is a musical originally presented at the Oxford Playhouse in 1964, conceived and directed by Martin Starkie and written by Nevill Coghill and Martin Starkie. It was expanded into a full length musical and presented at the Phoenix Theatre, London on 21 March 1968 and ran for 2,080 performances. The music was written by Richard Hill and John Hawkins, with the lyrics by Nevill Coghill. There are two versions of this musical (Canterbury Tales and More Canterbury Tales), each making up about half the story.
The musical took five tales from the Canterbury Tales and told them with song and humour. These were; The Miller's Tale; The Nun's Priest's Tale; The Steward's Tale; The Merchant's Tale; and The Wife of Bath's Tale. In addition, Chaucer's Prologue and Epilogue were spoken. The purpose behind these stories was that Harry Bailey, one of the main characters, declares that each pilgrim should tell a tale on the way to Canterbury so that the ride would be more enjoyable.
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Otterbein University Theatre and Dance Department, "Canterbury Tales" (1973). 1972-1973 Season. 1.