Gower as Storyteller

John Gower (played by Edric Connor, center) tells a tale to an avid audience of sailors in a 1958 production of Shakespeare's "Pericles, Prince of Tyre" (dir. Tony Richardson, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre).

In Scene 5 of this play (pictured here), "John Gower, the Presenter" narrates an exciting tale of romance and incest derived from the story of Apollonius of Tyre in "Confessio Amantis," Book VIII.

You may also wish to see this photograph of a later production of the same play, with a different actor portraying Gower.