Canterbury Tales: Musical Info & Synopsis


Canterbury Tales is a musical adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s classic collection of stories, set in medieval England. The musical follows a group of people who are on their spring pilgrimage to Canterbury. Along the way, each pilgrim tells a tale that reflects their personality, experiences, and worldview. Canterbury Tales touches on themes of love, betrayal, greed, and redemption, offering a rich tapestry of human experiences and moral lessons.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

Cast Size: 35+

Genre: Dramedy

Setting: 1300s / England (Canterbury, London)

Creative Team

Music: John Hawkins, Richard Hill

Lyrics/Book: Nevill Coghill

Book: Martin Starkie

Cast Albums

Original London Cast (1968)➝

Original Broadway Cast (1969)➝


Licensing: Music Theatre International➝


1960s, British, Folk, Large Cast, Rock, Spring

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