Camelot - Small Cast Version
The legendary love triangle of King Arthur, Guenevere and Sir Lancelot leaps from the pages of T.H. White’s novel in Lerner and Loewe’s award-winning, soaring musical.
Theatre capacity must be less than 600 seats for Professional and select Large Amateur Theatres.
Show Essentials
8
Roles
PG
Rated
2
Acts

Full Synopsis

Act One

A group of Revelers enter and address the audience, explaining that they will tell them the tale of King Arthur and his court. They then go about setting the scene for the beginning of their story. King Arthur nervously frets about meeting his future wife and queen, Guenevere. ("I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight"). Guenevere arrives and successfully avoids the pestering crowds. She is also anxious about the upcoming nuptials ("The Simple Joys of Maidenhood"). An accidental meeting occurs between Arthur and Guenevere, who are delighted to recognize mutual affection ("Camelot"). They are subsequently wed.

Years pass, and Arthur creates the Round Table, where no man shall take the head of the table and all will be viewed equally. A haughty Knight in France, Lancelot, hears of the Round Table and sets off for Camelot ("C'est Moi"). Lancelot arrives during a May Day Celebration ("The Lusty Month of May"), and all but King Arthur find him disagreeable. After she and Lancelot have a heated exchange, Guenevere encourages some of Arthur's knights to test Lancelot's prowess in combat and promises that whoever wins the fight will escort her to the fair ("Take Me to the Fair"). Arthur is dismayed by Guenevere's dislike towards Lancelot, but he cannot be angry with her ("How To Handle A Woman").

Three knights, inspired by Guenevere, challenge Lancelot ("The Jousts"). Lancelot defeats all three, and even seemingly brings one knight back to life. Guenevere, noticing the adoration of the crowd, discovers herself falling in love with Lancelot, and wishes him to leave so as not to break her marriage vows ("Before I Gaze at You Again"). Lancelot, despite claiming immunity to love's traps and his fealty to Arthur, is madly in love with Guenevere. Arthur is aware of this, but hopes it will blow over.

Act Two

Years later, Lancelot and Guenevere are still tormented over their unfullfilled love ("If Ever I Would Leave You"). She has remained devoted to Arthur. Mordred, Arthur's illegitmate son, arrives in Camelot with sinister plans to destroy the chivalrous Knights of The Round Table ("The Seven Deadly Virtues"). He then rallies the Knights with tales of glory, making them miss their former days of fighting and pillaging ("Fie On Goodness"). Meanwhile, a downtrodden and exhausted Arthur discusses with Guenevere the simpler pleasures in life ("What Do the Simple Folk Do?").

Lancelot, unable to contain his passion, visits Guenevere, who confesses her love for him. ("I Loved You Once In Silence"). Mordred and the incited knights catch them. Lancelot escapes, but Guenevere is caught, tried, and sentenced to burn at the stake for her treason. ("Guenevere"). At the execution, a conflicted King Arthur is struggling with what to do. At the last moment, Lancelot arrives, rescues Guenevere and escapes, after killing some knights. Arthur now must wage war on Lancelot, all while Mordred is waging war on Camelot through England.

Beaten down by the waging war, and the Round Table dissolved, Arthur meets Lancelot and Guenevere. Their fiery relationship failed and Guenevere is now a nun. They offer to give themselves up, but good King Arthur will not see his former love burned or Lancelot beheaed. He forgives them both and they depart.

Later that night, Arthur meets a young boy named Tom who wants to join the Round Table. Arthur is inspired by this idealistic young man, knights him and sends him back to England to grow up there — to pass on King Arthur's ideals of chivalry and Camelot ("Finale").

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Small (Up to 10 performers)
Cast Type: Mainly Men
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Reveler #1

Plays Squire Dap, Mordred

Gender: male
Vocal range top: D4
Vocal range bottom: A2
Reveler #2

Plays Dinadan

Gender: male
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Reveler #3

Plays Sagramore

Gender: male
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Reveler #4

Plays Lionel

Gender: male
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Reveler #5

Plays Tom

Gender: male
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Reveler #6

Plays Arthur

Gender: male
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Reveler #7

Plays Guenevere

Gender: female
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Reveler #8

Plays Lancelot

Gender: male
Vocal range top: G#4
Vocal range bottom: A2
Full Song List
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: Act I Opening
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: March
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: I Wonder What The King Is Doing Tonight
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: The Simple Joys of Maidenhood
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: Camelot
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: C'est Moi
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: The Lusty Month of May
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: Take Me to the Fair
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: How To Handle A Woman
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: The Jousts
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: Before I Gaze at You Again
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: If Ever I Would Leave You
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: The Seven Deadly Virtues
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: Fie On Goodness
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: What Do The Simple Folk Do?
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: I Loved You Once In Silence
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: Guenevere
Camelot-reduced Orchestration, Lerner And Lowe's: Finale

Show History

Inspiration

Camelot is and adaptation of T.H White's The Once and Future King, a fictional telling of the Medieval King Arthur. 

Productions

Camelot opened on Broadway on December 3rd, 1960 at the Majestic Theatre, where it played for 873 performances. The London production played 518 performances at the Drury Lane Theatre. The original company included Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, Robert Goulet and Roddy McDowall.

Camelot has been revived on Broadway many times, including a 2011 production starring Jeremy Irons as King Arthur.

Billing

Original Production Directed and Staged by Moss Hart

Based on The Once and Future King by T.H. White

Requirements

Under the terms and conditions of your organisation’s Performance Agreement, the following credits must appear on all advertising (including websites) relating to the production. Credits must be reproduced faithfully in accordance with the following layout. No alterations or deletions can be permitted unless stated below.
Percentages listed indicate required type size in relation to title size.
Lerner and Loewe's
(75%)
 
CAMELOT

(100%)

 
Book and Lyrics by
ALAN JAY LERNER
(75%)
Music by 
FREDERICK LOEWE
(75%)
Original Production Directed and Staged by Moss Hart
(33 - 1/3 %)
Based on The Once and Future King by T.H. White
(33 - 1/3 %)
Book Adapted by David Lee
(33 - 1/3 %)
New Orchestrations by Steve Orich
(33 - 1/3 %)
 
Such credits for all purposes shall be in a type size equal to that of any other credits except for those of the producer and star(s) above the title. The credit for the authors shall be in a type size at least 75 percent of the size of the title of the play; and wherever the name of one of the authors appears, the other name(s) shall also appear. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.
Steve Orich’s (orchestrator) billing credit shall be in the form of “New Orchestrations by” in the same size and prominence, and the same location, as received by the other elements of the music staff.
In addition, you agree to include the Authors’ and David Lee's approved biographies in all programs of the Play that include biographies of any other creative team members. Bios can be found at www.mtishows.com/about/author-bios
The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

Included Materials

ItemQuantity Included
LIBRETTO/VOCAL BOOK10
PIANO VOCAL SCORE2

Production Resources

Resource
HOW DOES THE SHOW GO ON-10/CS
HOW DOES THE SHOW GO ON?
LOGO PACK DIGITAL
PRODUCTIONPRO
TRANSPOSITIONS-ON-DEMAND

STANDARD ORCHESTRATION

InstrumentationDoubling
BASS
CELLO
HORN
PERCUSSION
REED 1
REED 2
VIOLIN