London Season: Musical Chaucer

Aprille with his shoures sote has arrived, and the lusty Wife of Bath, the boozy Miller, the testy Reeve and the greedy Merchant are all getting happily sloshed once more, along with the jolly Host of the wayside Tabard Inn. To Londoners' delight, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales has been turned into a rollicking, raunchy musical comedy. The wonder is that nobody has ever tried to do the same thing before.

Most of the credit goes to Oxford's Nevill Coghill, the English literature professor who has long coached the university's famed Dramatic Society and recently directed...

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