The Man Who Would Be King...Arthur

by  Steph DeFerie

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 2f, 2boy(s), 2girl(s), 1m or f

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. An exciting adventure for the whole family, the once and future king comes forth again in The Man Who Would Be King...Arthur.

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The Man Who Would Be King...Arthur

by  Steph DeFerie

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f, 2boy(s), 2girl(s), 1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Mystery/Thriller, Fables/Folktales, Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.

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Keywords

Childhood, Friendship, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: England, mid-September, 1940.
  • Additional Features: Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 2f, 2boy(s), 2girl(s), 1m or f
CHARLIE - An American girl
HARRY - An English boy
BETH - An English girl
ROBIN - An English boy
BOBBIE MYERS - A young English woman
MAUDE SAINSBURY - An older English woman
GENERAL LORD MYERS - An older English man
CAPTAIN HUGH FARREL - A young English man
ARTHUR - A mysterious English man
A MUSEUM GUARD
ANOTHER MYSTERIOUS ENGLISH MAN
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Features Children
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Roles for Children
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Steph DeFerie

Steph DeFerie grew up on Cape Cod and lives there still with cats Bunny and Ruff. She has had no formal instruction in playwriting. Instead, the many, many terrific hours she has spent studying, performing in and attending shows at the Harwich Junior Theatre comprise the majority of her theatrical training. She's ...

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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.

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