Plays Directory : King Arthur

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    John Dryden
  • Written
    1691
  • Overview
    The plot is based on the battles between King Arthur's Britons and the Saxons, rather than the legends of Camelot (although Merlin does make an appearance). It is a Restoration spectacular[2], including such supernatural characters as Cupid and Venus plus references to the Germanic gods of the Saxons, Woden, Thor, and Freya. The tale centres on Arthur's endeavours to recover his fiancée, the blind Cornish Princess Emmeline, who has been abducted by his arch-enemy, the Saxon King Oswald of Kent.

    King Arthur is a "dramatick opera" or semi-opera: the principal characters do not sing, except if they are supernatural, pastoral or - in the case of Comus and the popular Your hay it is mow'd - drunk. Secondary characters sing to them, usually as diegetic entertainment, but in Act 4 and parts of Act 2, as supernatural beckonings. The singing in Act 1 is religious observance by the Saxons, ending with their heroic afterlife in Valhalla. The protagonists are actors, as a great deal of King Arthur consists of spoken text.[3] This was normal practice in 17th century English opera. King Arthur contains some of Purcell's most lyrical music, much of it inspired by French dance rhythms and adventurous (for the day) harmonies.

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1 known roles


Connected mandy members:

James Green
James Green
Actor
2020, King Oswald
Canterbury Cathedral
Katharina Gerlich
2019, Actor
Theater Akzent, Vienna
Lucie Jowett
Lucie Jowett
Actor
2019, King Arthur/Soldier/Wise Woman
Hannah Parsons
Hannah Parsons
Stage Manager
2018, Assistant Stage Manager
Merton Arts Space
Angela Harvey
2018, Merlin / Matilda
Merton Arts Space
Glyn Dilley
Glyn Dilley
Actor
2018, Older King Arthur/Merlin
The Hall for Cornwall inter alia
Christie Amery
2018, Emmeline (lead)
Merton Arts Theatre
Sofia Broli
Sofia Broli
Actor
2017, Matilda
Dartington Hall
Chris Bérubé
Chris Bérubé
Electrician
2017, Theatre Technician
Wayne Wilson
Wayne Wilson
Actor
2017, Oswald
Dartington Hall
Tom Aspin
Tom Aspin
Company Stage Manager
2017, Company Stage Manager
Touring
Luca Scherrer
2016, Saxon Soldier
Opernhaus Zürich
Lauren Wilson
2016, Nursie (The Dame)
TheatreWorks Birkenhead, Auckland
Kaitlin Scott
Kaitlin Scott
Line Producer
2015, Assistant Costume Designer
Virginia V. Hartmann
2015, Grimbald
Theater im Palais, Graz
Andrew Bate
Andrew Bate
Actor
2015, Musical Director
Tehidy Woods
Lea Tirabasso
Lea Tirabasso
Dancer
2015, Dancer
The Yard
Hannah Keeley
2014, Guinevere
C Main, Edinburgh, UK
Hannah Keeley
2014, Guinevere
C Main
Tom Davies
Tom Davies
Actor
2014, Arthur
C Main Edinburgh