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Two Noble Kinsmen: Open-air theatre marks Shakespeare's birth

The award-winning attraction The Canterbury Tales marks the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth with an TNK - Promo Pic LRoutdoor production of his last play, The Two Noble Kinsmen, this summer.

It is being staged in partnership with resident company Mirthful Oak theatre company from 24-26 July in the churchyard at the rear of the St Margaret’s Street attraction.

The play is an adaptation of The Knight’s Tale, the first story in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Research suggests it was Shakespeare’s last, having been written with John Fletcher in about 1613-1614.

Lyndsay Ridley, general manager of The Canterbury Tales, says: “These four open-air performances of The Two Noble Kinsmen see us further expand on our costumed character element of the experience and events programme.

“The Knight’s Tale is a wonderful story of love, war and tragedy; and The Two Noble Kinsmen sees Shakespeare add his own unique twist on Chaucer’s classic.”
The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, is an excellent introduction to the cathedral city and its literary connection as well as being an entertaining day out for the whole family.

It brings to life five of Chaucer’s best-loved stories with tales of love, jealousy and trickery vividly recreated inside the former St Margaret’s Church. Visitors experience the sights, smells and sounds of medieval times as they are immersed within a great literary classic.

Performances of The Two Noble Kinsmen will run from 24-26 July at 7pm with an additional 2pm matinee on 26 July.  

Tickets are adults £10, students and seniors £8 and children £5, with discounts available for online bookings, groups and schools. To book tickets or for more details call 01227 454888 or visit

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