The Shaftesbury Tales
(at St Edward’s Church, Corfe Castle)
JULY 2024

🗓️ Thursday 11th – Friday 12th July 2024

Inspired by Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, this community theatre project is touring Dorset this month, starting at Corfe Castle.

The Shaftesbury Tales tells the story of King Edward the Martyr – so you can expect ‘murder and miracles, music and mayhem’ in the family-friendly outdoor performance.

The interactive show will start at St Edward’s Church in Corfe Castle village – the site where the first miracle attributed to Edward is said to have happened following his murder – and end in Shaftesbury (his final resting place), stopping at villages along the way.

The Tales have been written by local people, which were entered into a short story writing competition.

All the Tales have been compiled into a booklet-programme to accompany the performance.

  • Doors open: 6.30pm
  • Show start: 7pm
  • Running time: 1 hour 15 mins approx (no interval)
  • Suitable for: Age 4+
  • Venue: St Edward’s Church lawn (village hall if raining)

** Venue change for Friday 12th July – Tonight’s performance will be held at Corfe Castle Village Hall. **

For the latest updates please visit Treehouse Theatre’s Facebook page:

This performance features children from Corfe Castle Primary School and members of Corfe’s drama group, Double Act.


  • Adult: £10
  • Child (under 16): £6

Book tickets online:

Some shows have pre-performance workshops, allowing you to take part in The Shaftesbury Tales on the day.

For more information and a full list of dates and venues, visit Treehouse Theatre’s website:


In between performances will be special ‘pilgrimage days’, where you can walk the St Edward’s Way with the theatre company.

The stroll will encompass elements of King Edward’s story, along with the nature and folklore of the Dorset landscape.

  • Walk length: One hour approx
  • Costumes provided

Route details and timings can be viewed online: