Present Company is returning to Buxton Opera House with four performances of the legendary romantic musical Camelot this week.
This enchanting tale of the eternal love triangle of King Arthur, Queen Guenevere and Lancelot du Lac is set in the mists of our island heritage, telling of the heroic knights of the Round Table embattled with the forces of evil, fairies, folklore and magic.
The show hails from the heyday of musical theatre, written by the talented duo of Alan J Lerner (book and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music), whose iconic My Fair Lady is a universal favourite.
The musical Camelot is based on the 1958 novel The Once and Future King by T H White who selected parts of Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory to present the legend of King Arthur. His focus and that of Alan J lerner is the young king’s attempt to replace a “might is right” attitude with his ideas of chivalry and of justice.
The original 1960 Broadway production won four Tony Awards and was made into a film in 1967 which won three Oscars. The musical is also associated with President Kennedy, as his wife, Jackie revealed in an article following his assassination that it had been one of his favorite records.
She wanted her husband to be remembered as “well-meaning, fallibly human but ultimately idealistic,” and devoted to his country’s interests above his own, which is how King Arthur is portrayed.
The show can be seen August 24 – 26, at 7.30pm with a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday. For tickets go to http://www.buxtonoperathouse.org.uk