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Knights of the Round Table
Small (Touring) & Medium Cast Play for Theatres, Schools

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Running Time: About 45-50 minutes
Flexible cast of 8, 5 Male, 3 Female
Easily adapted for larger cast

An adult King who at times recalls his life as a 12 year old boy.

The great and wise magician who advises the King.

Arthur's beautiful bride.

Arthur's best friend and champion knight of the Round Table.

Merlin's rival wizard. As Merlin lives for all things that are good, Morgana is the embodiment of greed and evil.

The eerie, dream-like keeper of Excalibur.

Plays KAI (Arthur's older brother) and neutral characters of knights, makes set and music changes, etc., throughout.

Plays several neutral characters of knights, makes set and music changes, etc., throughout.

King Arthur Play for Teens!
One Act Play for Middle Schools and High Schools - Knights of the Round Table
ArtReach Touring Theatre, One Act Drama for Young Audiences
Great for Teen Performers or Touring to Middle & High Schools

Cues, sound effects, original background music

The CD Soundtrack contains special sound effects and background music (original music written for the play) that may be used to greatly enhance the performance. It does not contain music for the performers to sing along with. Cues have 10 seconds of silence at the end - times shown below include silence.

 1. PG 1, MERLIN, "KNIGHTS OF THE ...  (0:41)

 2. PG 2, MERLIN, "EVERYTHING ...  (0:20)

 3. PG 4, MERLIN, "YOU SHALL BE ...  (0:54)

 4. PG 7, ARTHUR, "FOLLOW ME!"  (0:27)

 5. PG 9, ARTHUR, "TO ME!"  (3:15)

 6. PG 16, ARTHUR, "AWAY!"  (0:27)

 7. PG 19, LANCE, " ... SUCH AS I"  (2:09)

 8. PG 21, ARTHUR, "KNIGHT OF THE ...  (0:58)

 9. PG 22, ARTHUR, "PEACE AT LAST"  (1:06) 

 10. PG 24, ARTHUR, "GOODNIGHT ...  (1:38)

 11. PG 27, ARTHUR, "MERLIN, WHERE ... (3:53)

 12. PG 35, ARTHUR, "JUST CAUSE ...  (1:26)

 13. PG 37, LAST CRASH  (1:48)

 14. PG 40, "CAMELOT LIVES!"  (1:41)

Note: Some teachers choose familiar songs, obtain sheet music and insert these songs into the play.  We recognize that each school has a wide variety of educational needs to fulfill and we invite you to be creative in your use of our scripts; including changes or additions that are appropriate for your students. As author/publisher of our own creative works, we do ask that you obtain proper copyright permission for any additions you might make - that responsibility is up to you.

Music & Sound Resources Available on the Internet
( Sheet Music, Song Books, CDs, DVDs, Sing-along, Karaoke, Sound Effects )


Knights of the Round table is full of opportunities for dramatic sword play.  In this scene King Arthur meets Lancelot, they cross swords.  The Wizard Merlin watches as Excalibur is lost.

SQUIRE: (entering) You see him yonder, sir? In the clearing near the bridge? His armor is white as the moon, sire. It shines like nothing I've ever seen.

ARTHUR: And he will not tell his name, you say?

SQUIRE: He refuses. Says he will not make himself known to any knight less worthy than himself.

ARTHUR: (steely determination) I shall know his name or I shall die! Call him here!

(KNIGHT 1 exits. ARTHUR calls over the wall to unknown knight. Getting no answer, he angrily pounds his fist on the "wall" and exits up Center. HE quickly re-enters up left, just as LANCELOT enters up right. LANCELOT barely notices ARTHUR.)

ARTHUR: You there! Sir Knight! Who do you serve and what is your mission?

LANCELOT: I have been cursed, sir, with perfection.

ARTHUR: Perfection, is it?

LANCELOT: Yes. I have traveled far and wide and I have never met my match in combat or duel. I am simply the very best knight living, sir.

ARTHUR: Ha! It seems you do not suffer from the curse of modesty.

LANCELOT: I simply tell the truth.

ARTHUR: And truth is the greatest of all knightly virtues! We shall test your boast, sir. We shall see which of us is true and which of us is false!

LANCELOT: I have come here to test myself against the Knights of King Arthur's Round Table. I have heard that his knights are the greatest in all the world. Sadly, I have found that they lack proper skill and are sorely in need of...

(HE quickly pulls out sword, surprising ARTHUR.)

LANCE: ... education.

ARTHUR: In need of education?! And I suppose you shall do the teaching?!

LANCE: (bowing head) I feel it is the least that I can do.

ARTHUR: (growling) You try my patience, sir. I battle best when I am angry. Prepare to meet your match, oh thou Perfect Humble Knight!

(THEY fight. The fight is a very exciting sword fight with LANCELOT making very fancy moves, though ARTHUR holds his own.)

LANCE: You battle well, sir. King Arthur should be proud of you!

(ARTHUR growls and lunges. THEY both battle well but clearly LANCELOT is the best man.)

LANCE: I suggest you quit now, sir. I do not wish to harm you.

ARTHUR: Harm me!!?

LANCE: King Arthur would surely grieve to see you lost in battle.

ARTHUR: King Arthur?! King Arthur!?

(ARTHUR is simply lunging now, acting not out of skill but out of sheer fury. LANCELOT is holding back now, fighting a half-hearted defense, waiting for ARTHUR to tire and stop. ARTHUR attempts a final lunge. LANCELOT strikes a sharp blow which knocks ARTHUR violently to the ground. HE screams in pain.)

ARTHUR: Guenever!!

LANCE: Do you mean the Queen Guenever? I have heard of her, her beauty is legend around the world! She is perfection, I am told. She should be championed by a perfect knight — such as I.

(ARTHUR, hearing this, reels around in rage at LANCELOT who has his back to ARTHUR. ARTHUR raises Excalibur to bring it crashing down on LANCELOT'S back.

MUSIC CUE #7. Large cymbal crash. ALL freeze. LANCELOT quietly exits as we hear other worldly music. The LADY OF THE LAKE enters with long flowing white veil covering her face. Only one hand is seen and it is clothed in a kind of glove of brilliant jewels. SHE removes Excalibur from ARTHUR'S hands and replaces it with a broken hilt. As she drops the broken blade ARTHUR is released from the freeze. During the following, LADY OF THE LAKE takes Excalibur up stage, to retrieve later, then moves silks to represent a lake.)

ARTHUR: (as if in a dream, picking up the pieces) Merlin, what have I done?

MERLIN: (off, using microphone) You have broken what could not be broken.

ARTHUR: (grief and almost tears) Ahhh! (throws the pieces to the ground)

MERLIN: Hope is broken.

Note: This is a sample from the actual script.  To review the entire play, order the PERUSAL SCRIPT (online instant download).

Knights of the Round Table has two versions:

 Medium Cast Version
Recommended for Jr High, Middle Schools, High Schools, Theatres.
Flexible Cast of 8 (5M, 3F)

Small Cast (Touring) Version
Recommended for Professional Tours and Outreach Programs.
Cast of 3 (2M, 1F) for adult actors, larger cast possible.
Includes suggestions for easy touring.

Knights of the Round Table has a Companion Play!
Sword in the Stone may be performed with Knights to make a two hour production with intermission. The Laguna Playhouse's Joe Lauderdale found great success using Knights and Sword together to create a full length, mainstage production.

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