About our adaptations

Readers - Parson's Nose Theater

Parson’s Nose performs professional, 90 minute adaptations by Lance Davis of classics that present the language, characters, plot and spirit of the world’s greatest writers in an intimate, accessible way. These are our stories, and we should know them. The stresses and solutions of 17th Century families are just as relevant today, and if you think you won’t understand Shakespeare or laugh at Moliere, we’ll prove you wrong!

All our events present the classics in our own simple, yet sophisticated, PNT comic style, focusing on storytelling and brilliant acting. Our Major Productions add enough set pieces and costumes to bring you along on the ride. Our Readers’ Theater presentations, bringing back a bare-bones, popular form of theater from the 1930s and 1940s, have the power of old-time radio productions, relying on actors, scripts, and your imaginations.

In 2020, due to Covid chaos, PNT took advantage of our experience in Readers’ Theater to adapt to an exciting new podcast format – the Parson’s Nose Radio Theater! – that’s been a revelation. Our company can record remotely, with in home mics, and our sound designer can edit and add, creating audio plays audiences can find on our website, on Apple, Spotify, “wherever you get your podcasts”. To date we have sixteen episodes available, presenting classic works from “Wind in the Willows” to “A Taste of Shakespeare” to “A Christmas Carol.” When all you have is lemons, make lemonade. And we’ve created a tasty new drink we’ll be sipping even after we return to live performance.