Win tickets to KickstArt’s ‘Camelot’

Steven Stead as King Arthur and Jessica Sole as Guinevere in Camelot, running in Durban from May 18 to June 3. The 1967 film version won three Oscars.

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BY BILLY SUTER

DURBAN’S award-winning KickstArt theatre company follows hot on the heels of its stage comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong, with an evergreen musical – Lerner and Loewe’s classic Camelot, which runs from May 18 to June 3 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on the University of KwaZulu-Natal campus.

And even better news is that this site has THREE DOUBLE TICKETS to give away to attend the first preview performance at 7.30pm on Friday, May 18. Details on how to enter the competition appear at the end of this article.

First staged on Broadway in 1960, when it took four Tony Awards, Camelot tells of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. It features such popular songs as Camelot, If Ever I Would Leave You, Take Me to the Fair, It’s May and I Loved You Once in Silence.

The show became a hit 1967 film starring Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero and a very young David Hemmings. The movie, nominated for five Oscars, took three – for set/art direction, costume design and adapted score.

Adapted from the epic T H White novel, The Once and Future King, the musical centres on King Arthur marrying Guinevere and them having to deal with her romance with Arthur’s top knight, Sir Lancelot.

Steven Stead, who is directing the Durban production with assistance from Mervyn McMurtry, will play Arthur, Jessica Sole has been cast as Guinevere and Lyle Buxton will portray Lancelot. Also in the cast are Peter Court as Merlin/King Pellinor, Nathan Kruger as the evil Mordred, and Anne-Marie Clulow as the magical wood nymph, Nimue.

With sumptuous Game of Thrones-inspired costumes by Durban designer Terrence Bray, atmospheric sets by Greg King and choreography by Janine Bennewith, this promises to be a romantic, swashbuckling spectacle.

The original Broadway production of Camelot starred Julie Andrews as Guinevere, Richard Burton as Arthur, Robert Goulet as Lancelot in his first Broadway role, and Roddy McDowall as Mordred. That production ran on Broadway for 873 performances. Excerpts from this watershed production made for The Ed Sullivan Show on TV can be viewed on YouTube.  Camelot’s Broadway soundtrack recording was the top-selling album for 60 weeks in the US.

Tickets for the Durban production, which the producers have advised is not suitable for children younger than eight, cost R185, R215 and  R255. Note that there are no concession discounts. However, tickets for preview performances at 7.30pm on Friday, May 18, and 2.30pm on Saturday, May 19, cost R185 throughout.

Booking is at Computicket, but for school performances, charity fundraisers or block bookings of 50 seats or more, contact kickstart@letni.co.za.

WIN ONE OF THREE SETS OF DOUBLE TICKETS TO ‘CAMELOT’

To put yourself in line to win one of THREE sets of double tickets to attend KickstArt’s Camelot at Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, at 7.30pm on Friday, May 18, you simply have to be a follower of my site. At no cost.

If you are not already a follower, simply leave your email address in the space provided at the end of the cover page of  this site, sosuterbill.com

You will then be a follower, and receive email notification whenever I file a new story.

Once you have subscribed (there is no cost), send your NAME and PHONE NUMBER via email to sosuterbill@gmail.com and place the words ‘CAMELOT COMP ‘  in the subject field.

NOTE: The three lucky winners of double tickets were chosen and notified after 6pm on Friday, May 4. They were T Allison, Jess Kell and Helen Barton.

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