The Road to Canterbury

Artistic Directors Sebastien Archibald & Chelsea Haberlin tell us why we should see

The Road to Canterbury

Written by: Sebastien Archibald

Directed by: Chelsea Haberlin

Starring: Peter Carlone, Masae Day, Jason Moldowan, Amitai Mormorstein, Ella Simon, Katie Takefman, and Colby Wilson

Presented by: ITSAZOO Productions (link)

What Adventures Lie On The Road to Canterbury?

ITSAZOO Productions, who brought the sold-out Grimm Tales to Queen Elizabeth Park last year, is pleased to present The Road to Canterbury. A modern-day reimagining of The Canturbury Tales (by Grimm Tales author Sebastien Archibald), The Road To Canterbury, led by a Chaucer enthusiast, takes the audience on a tour of Queen Elizabeth Park, and five of Chaucer’s tales. The Road to Canterbury runs August 7-21, 2009.

Updated for the 21st century, Archibald’s take on The Canterbury Tales features contemporary counterparts of Chaucer’s classic characters telling hilarious, insightful, and often sordid tales of love, power, and religion.  Five tourists, who are (unbeknownst to them) modern versions of The Canterbury Tales’ classic characters, partake in a guided tour themed around Chaucer’s life and times.  The tour is led by a chipper Chaucer enthusiast, who leads the audience through the beautiful landscape of Queen Elizabeth Park.  However, he quickly loses control of the proceedings when various “audience members” take over and begin telling their own stories, complete with re-written modern pop songs. The Knight is now a mercenary.  The Wife of Bath has morphed into a gin-swilling British socialite.  The Miller has transformed into a beatnik. The Road To Canterbury showcases the timelessness of The Canterbury Tales and the themes it explored with three main tools Chaucer would no doubt approve of: wit, satire, and music.

“This a dynamic theatrical event,” says Chelsea Haberlin, General Manager and Director of The Road to Canterbury. “The synthesis of play and audience in an outdoor environment is a oneof-a-kind experience. This show is alive, it’s active and it’s hilarious. Furthermore, many of the social and societal criticisms and insights exemplified in The Canterbury Tales are relevant to today.”

Previews Aug. 5 and 6 (PWYC), then runs through every night until August 21 (no shows Sunday).

Performances start at 7 pm, and there will be 2 pm matinees on Saturdays.

All performances take place at Queen Elizabeth Park (33rd and Cambie St). Meet at the Blodel Conservatory.

Tickets are $10 (Children under 12), $12 (Under 30, students and seniors), $17 adults.

To reserve: 604-221-6604 or

Please note, this show is not suitable for children under 10.


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