The Shepherds' Play / Chanticleer and the Fox

13 March 1985 – 30 March 1985 St Martins Theatre

Playbox Theatre Company, The Medieval Players,

Classic Theatre

A presentation based on texts from the literature of medieval Europe, presented by a touring company of Cambridge University graduates. According to the press release, the group "combine the juggling, slap-stick comedy, fire-eating, stilt-walking and musical skills of the actors and the strong narrative and bawdy humour of the time to provide a theatre as entertaining as ever delighted a crowd in a medieval market place."

"The Shepherd's Play" is taken from the Wakefield Pageants of the Towneley Mystery Cycle, a text that has been basis of many school nativity plays. "Chanticleer and the Fox" is an adaptation from Chaucer's Nun's Priest Tale.

The Company also performed a second programme called "An Evening of Song and Rubbish", which included music from their repertoire of 11 plays, along with juggling, clowning and acrobatic routines.


Carl Heap

Artistic Director

Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer


Dick McCaw

Producer, Co-Producer