by Frederick Loewe , Alan Jay Lerner

musical show in two acts
Music by Frederic Loewe. Libretto and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. (based on “The Once and Future King” by T.H White)
4 reeds (1-fl/picc, 2-ob/ca, 3-cl I/asax, 4-cl II/bcl/asax/tsax) - 1220 - perc(1) - 2 vln I/II.1 vln III.vla.vlc.db
First Performance
03.12.1960, Majestic Theatre, New York (cast included) Richard Burton/Julie Andrews
Published by Warner/Chappell.  Administered for hire and stage rights worldwide (excluding North America) by Faber Music Ltd. Libretto and vocal score on sale.
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The Story
(5th Century Britain)
Guinevere journeys to Camelot to become Arthur’s Queen.  The entire court, apart from Arthur whom she has never met, comes to greet her.  Nervous and shy, he is hiding in nearby woods.  Presently, he is joined by Guinevere who has slipped away from the ceremony of welcome.  They are soon charmed by each other and go forth happily to the wedding.  Arthur’s tutor, the magician Merlyn, is lured away but not before he has inspired Arthur to favour the establishment of peace and brotherhood.  The fame of Arthur’s Order of the Round Table brings the cream of Europe’s knighthood to Camelot.  No knight is more renowned than Lancelot du Lac, although the Queen and courtiers think the young Frenchman’s reputation must be inflated.  She encourages three knights to challenge him in the lists.  Lancelot quickly defeats all three knights in the jousting match and the Queen becomes attracted to him and he finds himself in love with her.  Torn between this love and his devotion to Arthur, he asks permission to leave Camelot for foreign conquests.  Two years later, he returns to be made Knight of The Round Table and realises that he still loves Guinevere.  Mordred, Arthur’s illegitimate son, arrives at Camelot to dishonour the King in order to gain the throne.  With the help of his sorceress-aunt, Morgan le Fey, he traps Arthur in the forest. Then Mordred finds Lancelot in the Queen’s Chambers, accuses him of treachery and imprisons him.  Lancelot escapes but Guinevere is sentenced to burn.  She is rescued by Lancelot at the last moment and he takes her off to France.  Arthur must now wage war on France, even though he forgives Lancelot and Guinevere before the battle.  As a final gesture of hope for the future, Arthur sends a young boy, Thomas Mallory, back to England with orders to tell another generation of Camelot’s ideals.
Principal characters (plus Chorus)
Arthur   King Pellinore 
Guinevere  Mordred
Lancelot   Merlyn
Principal Musical Numbers
I Wonder What The King Is Doing Tonight (Arthur) 
Camelot (Arthur, Guinevere)
How To Handle A Woman (Arthur)
If Ever I Would Leave You (Lancelot)
What Do The Simple Folk Do (Arthur, Guinevere)
I Loved You Once in Silence (Guinevere)

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