The legend of King Arthur ends with a promise - Arthur is not dead but sleeping on the isle of Avalon, ready to return to save England in her hour of need. And that is where we begin...September, 1940.
Out in the English countryside near Glastonbury, the legendary location of Avalon, Harry, Beth and Robin play at crusading for King Arthur as knights of the Round Table. When Charlie, an American girl, arrives in the neighborhood, she's a bit of excitement in an otherwise boring summer. But things get even more thrilling when an enemy plane crashes nearby and the kids discover a mysterious stranger in the wreckage. Is he a German spy, a lunatic escaped from the local hospital, or might he just be who he claims to be - King Arthur, back from Avalon to save Britain?
With varying degrees of suspicion and belief, the kids accompany Arthur on his quest - first to London to retrieve Excalibur from the British Museum and then to Dover to save King George VI from being kidnaped by Nazis! Charlie's uncle, her cousin Bobbie, local historian Maude Sainsbury and Captain Hugh Farrel are determined to keep them out of trouble but there's a traitor nearby and trouble is unavoidable.
Can the King and England be saved? Is Arthur who he thinks he is? Who is the spy? And who is that stranger walking on the cliffs of Dover? An exciting adventure for the whole family, the once and future king comes forth again in The Man Who Would Be King...Arthur.
The Man Who Would Be King...Arthur was first performed by the Highlight Acting Troupe in Troy, NY on March 8, 2005 under the title The Return of the King.