All aboard for a unique retelling of Thomas Becket’s death

This Turbulent Priest is performed on the banks of the Stour

A unique way to see the story of Archbishop Thomas Becket’s death is coming to Canterbury this week.

The Canterbury Historic River Tours has teamed up with Canterbury’s Resident Heritage Theatre Company to offer audiences a boat trip to see a play about his murder performed on the banks of the River Stour.

Called This Turbulent Priest, the drama examines Becket’s relationship with Henry II and his demise at the hands of four of the king’s knights.

With captivating medieval music played by a local musician, film, television and theatre actor Paul Kavanagh and award-winning theatre director and actor Robert McCrea bring to life the conflict between Becket and Henry II.

The  death of Becket is one of the most important and fascinating periods of Canterbury’s history and led to the city becoming a destination for tourists from around the world.

Rob said: “We are excited to be part of the fantastic Canterbury Historic River Tours initiative to create such a unique and original tourism product. It is a product that that has real historical depth and significance delivered in a multi-sensory and stimulating setting”

River tours Adrian Mills director added: “Having seen the play myself, I was inspired to collaborate with Bad Husky Productions to produce what promises to be a truly memorable experience for both Canterbury’s residents and visitors.

The first of the new evening tours will start at 7.30pm on Saturday, July 7. Tickets cost £22 for adults and £12 for children aged under 16.

They are suitable for ages seven and up, but anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Log on to the Canterbury Historic River Tours website for bookings and further information.


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