The Rye Shakespeare Company (RSC), founded by Dilys Mayor, was celebrated for their traditional involvement in the town’s medieval festivals.
A planned performance of Canterburye Tales by Andrew Mayor (from an idea by Geoffrey Chaucer) looked to be lost when Covid struck recently and the planned date for the show had to be cancelled. However a new date has been arranged and Canterburye Tales, part of the Hastings Fringe for 2022, will now take place at the Stables Theatre, Hastings on August 22.
Today, the RSC still performs regularly at indoor and outdoor venues in Rye and surrounding villages. The ensemble cast comprises six RSC stalwarts, a handful of experienced Rye Players and local amateur and professional actors. Four of Chaucer’s most-loved Tales are told in this hilarious production which began its creative journey on Zoom and emerged through lockdown to mark the rebirth of live theatre in Rye.
A sold-out hit at the 2021 Rye Arts Festival, this is Chaucer as you’ve never heard him before. Here is the laughter you need as you follow the pilgrims from castle to tavern to farmyard. The action takes place in a field near you and will run for 80 minutes with no interval.
Tickets are available through the Stables website:
Under 18 £8.50
Stables members £8.50
The performance starts at 7:30pm
Directed by Patricia Driver, this is a Rye Players Production.
Image Credits: Tony Ham .