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Writer : Simon Armitage (adapted by Daniel Buckroyd)

Toured Winter 2008 / Spring 2009
A funny, frightening, fast-paced re-telling of the classic English tale

When, one New Year's Eve, festivities at the court of King Arthur are interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious Green Knight and thrown into confusion by the extraordinary challenge he lays down, nobody, least of all the fearless Gawain, is prepared for the terrifying consequences of taking the supernatural stranger at his word.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight tells the haunting human story of a young knight's epic journey through the changing seasons to find the Green Chapel and keep his appointment with fate. Now, in a powerful new translation by Simon Armitage, this traditional tale of temptation, romance and chivalry, shot through with swashbuckling action and irreverent humour, is brought bang up-to-date by our multi-talented company of four storytellers, with a little help from a supporting cast of puppets, music and special effects – a theatrical treat for adults and older children.

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