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CAMELOT

Music by Frederick Loewe
Libretto and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Based on 'The Once and Future King' by T.H. White

Administered for rental and amateur stage rights by Boosey & Hawkes in the UK.



Lerner & Loewe’s classic musical based on the Arthurian legend



Please follow this link to view an abridged orchestral score online, free of charge.


Please follow this link to listen to extracts from a selection of songs from the musical.


Licensing performances

If you wish to apply to perform the musical, then please send an email to musicals@boosey.com stating the following information only:

1) Name of school/society

2) Where you are (city/town)

3) What you want to perform (Camelot)

4) When you want to perform (if exact dates are not yet known, then please provide the month)

We will then send you an application form by email to complete, along with details of costs involved. Once the form is completed and returned by email, a licence will be emailed to you for signature. Once signed we will be able to send you the music at the date requested on your application form.

Your hire requirements should be submitted on the application form, and details of materials available to hire can be found below. 


Information

HIRE MATERIALS AVAILABLE & INSTRUMENTATION

We can provide orchestral parts (details below). Please note that you must use live musicians and the use of a backing track is strictly forbidden.

Vocal scores and libretti are not available for hire. Vocal scores may be purchased online by clicking here, and libretti may be purchased online by clicking here.

1 Conductor's Score
1 Flute/Picc
1 Oboe/Cor Anglais
1 Clarinet 1/Alto Sax
1 Clarinet 2/Bass Clarinet/Alto Sax/Tenor Sax
1 Horn
1 Trumpet 1
1 Trumpet 2
1 Trombone 1
1 Trombone 2
1 Percussion (2 Timpani, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Triangle, Tambourine, Drum Kit)
2 Violins I/II                                                             
1 Violin III                                                                    
1 Viola                                                                             
1 Cello                                                                         
1 Double Bass


THE STORY
5th Century Britain
Guinevere journeys to Camelot to become Arthur’s Queen.  The entire court, apart from Arthur whom she has never met, comes to greet her.  Nervous and shy, he is hiding in nearby woods.  Presently, he is joined by Guinevere who has slipped away from the ceremony of welcome.  They are soon charmed by each other and go forth happily to the wedding.  Arthur’s tutor, the magician Merlyn, is lured away but not before he has inspired Arthur to favour the establishment of peace and brotherhood.  The fame of Arthur’s Order of the Round Table brings the cream of Europe’s knighthood to Camelot.  No knight is more renowned than Lancelot du Lac, although the Queen and courtiers think the young Frenchman’s reputation must be inflated.  She encourages three knights to challenge him in the lists.  Lancelot quickly defeats all three knights in the jousting match and the Queen becomes attracted to him and he finds himself in love with her.  Torn between this love and his devotion to Arthur, he asks permission to leave Camelot for foreign conquests.  Two years later, he returns to be made Knight of The Round Table and realises that he still loves Guinevere. Mordred, Arthur’s illegitimate son, arrives at Camelot to dishonour the King in order to gain the throne.  With the help of his sorceress-aunt, Morgan le Fey, he traps Arthur in the forest.  Then Mordred finds Lancelot in the Queen’s Chambers, accuses him of treachery and imprisons him.  Lancelot escapes but Guinevere is sentenced to burn.  She is rescued by Lancelot at the last moment and he takes her off to France.  Arthur must now wage war on France, even though he forgives Lancelot and Guinevere before the battle.  As a final gesture of hope for the future, Arthurs sends a young boy, Thomas Mallory, back to England with orders to tell another generation of Camelot’s ideals.


PRINCIPAL MUSICAL NUMBERS
I Wonder What The King Is Doing Tonight (Arthur)
Camelot (Arthur, Guinevere)
How To Handle A Woman (Arthur)
If Ever I Would Leave You (Lancelot)
What Do The Simple Folk Do (Arthur, Guinevere)


CHARACTERS
Arthur
Merlyn
Guenevere
Lancelot
Pellinore
Mordred
Morgan Le Fey
Tom of Warwick
Sir Dinadan
Sir Lionel
Sir Sagramore
Sir Clarius
Squire Dap
Lady Anne
Lady Sybil
Guilliam
Colgrevance
Bliant
Castor
Two Heralds
A Page
Nimue
Lords and Ladies of Camelot


HISTORY
The Broadway premiere of Camelot took place on 3rd December 1960 at the Majestic Theatre, New York, where it ran for 873 performances. Richard Burton starred as King Arthur, Julie Andrews as Guenevere and Robert Goulet as Sir Lancelot.

The London production opened on 19th August 1964 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. It played 518 performances and featured Laurence Harvey as King Arthur, Elizabeth Larner as Guenevere and Barry Kent as Sir Lancelot. The production was directed and choreographed by Sir Robert Helpmann.


Feedback

Our society thoroughly enjoyed performing in Camelot, both in rehearsal and on the stage. The show has some wonderful music and provides excellent opportunities for actors and singers alike. (St Annes Parish Operatic Society, Lancashire)


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