Logo for the Arthur and Guinevere musical by Anthony Birney

Synopsis

 
This story is mainly historical and romantic. 500 AD, Arthur is 25. He is made war-leader by the King of the Britons, his mission to halt the advance of the Anglo-Saxons.

He marries Guinevere, the marriage is unsuccessful, and Lancelot seduces Guinevere. This leads to a division and civil war among the Britons.

Arthur wins against the Anglo-Saxons, but has to fight rebel Britons, and is killed by members of his own side.

More details

Running time2 hours, including 20 minute interval
Cast10 – five male, five female. Three main singers and small chorus, who also play minor roles (larger cast is possible).
CharactersArthur is 25-30 in Act 1; 45-50 in Act 2.
SetsOpen air (courtyard or countryside). Interior (court or convent room – very similar).
Other informationFull score, piano-vocal, part scores and voices score are all available. Scoring available for up to seven instruments.
Lyrical-romantic and modern-rhythmic music styles.
There are seven main songs and 16 others, choruses and short musical numbers.

Free to download

Three selected songs are available for free download :

–  Guinevere / The splendour falls / It little profits that an idle king

These and other excerpts from the musical are available for purchase below

The full script is also available as a PDF download for free :

– Arthur and Guinevere – full script