King Arthur legend coming to Hertford Theatre stage

PUBLISHED: 17:25 02 October 2016 | UPDATED: 17:25 02 October 2016

King Arthur can be seen at Hertford Theatre

King Arthur can be seen at Hertford Theatre

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A stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's King Arthur can be seen in Hertford this week.

King Arthur can be seen at Hertford TheatreKing Arthur can be seen at Hertford Theatre

Everyone loves the story of King Arthur, the Round Table and the mystery that surrounds the legend.

The award-winning Story Pocket Theatre presents Michael Morpurgo’s epic tale of magic and heroism on Wednesday, October 5 at the Hertford Theatre.

Spectacular sword fights, a classic battle between good and evil, a moving love story and enthralling storytelling come together to create a memorable family show.

The well-loved stories of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, the Lady of the Lake and the sword Excalibur come to life in this exciting adaptation of Morpurgo’s novel.

When a boy becomes stranded at sea, he is rescued by a mysterious old man who claims to be none other than the great King Arthur Pendragon.

Through the old king’s magical storytelling, the boy and the audience are transported back to the heady days of Camelot, the Knights of the Round Table, Merlin and his faithful hound, Bercelet, and the sword in the stone.

Best known as Regis Lucis Caelum in movie Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, Jon Campling will star as Merlin and King Arthur.

He is joined on stage by Thomas Gilbey, most recently seen as the head of the legendary Joey puppet in War Horse, as young Arthur and Sarine Sofair (Game of Thrones) as Guinevere and the Lady of the Lake. Nigel Munson, Otis Waby, Mackenzie Scott and Luke Pitman complete the cast.

The show comes to Hertford after a hugely successful premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it won rave reviews from critics and audiences.

This family production is the first of Michael Morpurgo’s novels to be adapted by Story Pocket Theatre and is a fast-moving show of adventure, physical theatre, puppetry and outstanding storytelling.

King Arthur is adapted by Adam Fletcher-Forde, co-directed by Julia Black and Adam Fletcher-Forde,with original music by George Jennings.

Story Pocket Theatre was set up in 2013 from a passion to produce beautiful, wonderful and magical theatre for families.

In 2014, the company was awarded the Primary Times Children’s Choice and in 2015 the Three Weeks Editors’ Choice Award.

Patron Michael Morpurgo said: “It was apparent straight away that Story Pocket’s focus was on sharing stories in a bright, imaginative way.

“My passion for stories and writing has taken me all over the world and I am lucky enough to see my stories in print and on stage and screen.

“It was Story Pocket’s passion for story telling that struck me. I am delighted to be the patron of Story Pocket Theatre Company.”

There are two performances of King Arthur on October 5, at 1pm and 7pm.

Tickets cost £11, or £40 for a family ticket of four tickets.

• Call the Hertford Theatre box office on 01992 531500 or visit the venue’s website at www.hertfordtheatre.com

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