In Medieval England, young King Arthur hopes to create an idyllic kingdom guided by honor and righteousness, embodied by his Knights of the Round Table. But Arthur’s perfect world is an illusion; his wife Guinevere secretly loves the handsome and noble knight, Lancelot. With enchantment, pageantry, and glorious melodies, Lerner and Loewe’s classic won’t “Let it be forgot / That once there was a spot / For one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.”

Songs include “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood,” “The Lusty Month of May,” and the rousing title number.

Music samples courtesy of Jay Records and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
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  • A nervous King Arthur tries to cajole Merlyn, his teacher, to tell him about Guenevere, the future queen. Merlyn knows the future, as he lives from the future into the present and grows younger instead of older. Upon her arrival, Guenevere dodges the awaiting crowds and hides, seeking “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood.” Arthur and Guenevere accidentally meet in the forest and are delighted to find they are charmed with each other. Together, they look forward to their glorious future in “Camelot.”

    Merlyn is lured away by a spirit, and Arthur is left on his own. Five years pass and Arthur tries to follow the course of wisdom set for him by Merlyn. He creates a new philosophy, one that says might should be the weapon of right. He creates the Round Table, a new concept of chivalry whose advocates will be charged with improving rather than destroying, with redressing past wrongs and aiding the oppressed. The table at which these knights will meet will be round so that no one man can take precedence by sitting at the head.

    Word of the Round Table spreads to France, where Lancelot heeds its call, setting off for Camelot. In “C’est Moi,” Lancelot proclaims that he is the most extraordinary mortal, an invincible knight dedicated to perfection in body and spirit. When Lancelot arrives in Camelot, the queen and her party are engaged in a May Day outing (“The Lusty Month of May”). Everyone but Arthur finds Lancelot pompous and disagreeable.

    Pellinore, a comic old knight in rusty armor, delays his perpetual search for a rare beast to stop with his old friend Arthur. Lancelot is challenged by Sir Dinadan, Sir Sagramore, and Sir Lionel – the three strongest knights – in “The Jousts.” Lancelot defeats all three, and even miraculously brings Sir Lionel back to life after killing him.

    Over time, Lancelot and Guenevere fall in love (“If Ever I Would Leave You”). Meanwhile. Mordred, Arthur’s evil son, arrives and tries to dishonor the king. He mocks Arthur’s high ideals and attempts to exploit Guenevere’s love for Lancelot. Arthur becomes despondent, and Guenevere cheers him (“What Do The Simple Folk Do?”). Gradually, the knights begin to grow restless for the battles of old, and Arthur’s leadership wanes.

    Mordred has Guenevere arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake for her treasonous affair with Lancelot (“Guenevere”), but Guenevere and Lancelot escape to France. Arthur declares war against Lancelot, but just before the fighting begins, he relents and forgives them both. Sad and disillusioned, Arthur feels his dreams of love and chivalry are ruined.

    Suddenly, Tom – a boy of about 14 – appears, wanting to join the Round Table. Realizing that this young, hopeful lad is the future of his kingdom, Arthur knights Tom and sends him out to tell the world of Camelot’s quest for right and honor and justice (“Camelot”).


    CAMELOT (100%)

             Book and Lyrics by                                      Music by

              ALAN JAY LERNER                                   FREDERICK LOEWE (75%)

    Original Production Directed and Staged by Moss Hart

    Based on The Once and Future King

    by T. H. White


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    The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

    Lerner and Loewe’s
    is presented by arrangement with
    560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

  • Choose either Full Orchestration or Combo Instrumentation

    Full Orchestration

    2 Violins A
    1 Violin B
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Flute – Piccolo
    1 Oboe – English Horn
    1 Clarinet I
    1 Clarinet II – Eb Clarinet & Bass Clarinet & Flute or Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
    1 Bassoon

    2 Horn I & II
    1 Horn III
    2 Trumpets I & II
    1 Trumpets III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II

    1 Percussion:

    Timpani (2 Drums)
    Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
    Military Field Drum
    Tom Toms (2 Pitches)
    Bass Drum
    Suspended Cymbal
    Hi – Hat Cymbals
    Glockenspiel (Soft & Hard Mallets)
    Xylophone (Soft & Hard Mallets)
    Wood Block
    Tam Tam

    1 Guitar – Lute – Mandolin

    1 Harp

    Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.
    (There is no piano in the orchestration)

    Combo Instrumentation

    1 Violin A
    1 Violin B
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Flute-Piccolo
    1 Clarinet

    1 Horn
    2 Trumpets I & II (Trumpet II optional)
    1 Trombone

    1 Percussion

    Piano (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material)

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book for Director
    21     Prompt Books for Cast
    30     Chorus-Vocal Parts

    Original Cast CD, if available, is sent with perusal material.

    Optional Additional Materials

    1       Stage Manager’s Guide
    2       Optional Additional Numbers:
    “Fie on Goodness”
    “Take Me to the Fair”

  • Principals

    (2 female; 4 male)

    Morgan Le Fey


    Tom of Warwick
    Sir Dinadan
    Sir Lionel
    Sir Sagramore
    Squire Dap
    Lady Anne
    Lady Catherine
    Lady Sybil
    4 Heralds
    2 Pages


    Lords and Ladies of Camelot

    The original Broadway production had a cast of 55 performers, including chorus. Some doubling was employed in the minor parts.

  • 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 numerous times, including a 2011 production starring Jeremy Irons as King Arthur.

    Awards (1961)

    4 Tony Awards for Actor, Musical Director, Scenic Designer and Costume Designer
    The Outer Critics Circle Award for Set Design

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    Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance
    St. Joseph's High School METUCHEN, NJ 04/20/2017 04/30/2017
    Broadway Theatre of Pitman PITMAN, NJ 04/21/2017 05/14/2017
    St. Marys Little Theatre SAINT MARYS, GA 04/21/2017 04/30/2017
    Westminster School ANNANDALE, VA 04/28/2017 04/29/2017
    Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera HATTIESBURG, MS 05/05/2017 05/07/2017
    Lyric Stage Company of Boston BOSTON, MA 05/19/2017 06/25/2017
    Natchez Festival of Music NATCHEZ, MS 05/20/2017 05/20/2017
    Encore Musical Theatre Company DEXTER, MI 06/08/2017 07/02/2017
    FUSE Productions STATE COLLEGE, PA 06/23/2017 06/25/2017
    Brookings Harbor Community Theater BROOKINGS, OR 08/11/2017 08/27/2017
    Martin Luther College NEW ULM, MN 11/03/2017 11/05/2017
    Act II Playhouse, Ltd. AMBLER, PA 05/15/2018 06/24/2018
    Erie Playhouse ERIE, PA 06/08/2018 06/24/2018
    Deep Cove Stage Society NORTH VANCOUVER, BC 06/14/2018 06/30/2018