Story Pocket Theatre presents Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016,

The award winning Story Pocket Theatre presents Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur from Wednesday 3 –Monday 29 August at Gilded Balloon at the Museum Auditorium, 14.45 (16.00 ends).

The production is an epic tale of magic, heroism, love and betrayal and is adapted from the novel Arthur: High King of Britain, by Michael Morpurgo. Michael is also Patron of Story Pocket Theatre and the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful.

David Gant as King Arthur

David Gant as King Arthur

‘Enthralling, high-quality adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur for older children’ The Stage

The story sees a drowning boy rescued by a mysterious figure who claims to be Arthur Pendragon. As the old man tells his tales, he is transported back to the heady days of Camelot, the Round Table, Merlin, the Lady of the Lake, Excalibur, Lancelot and Guinevere. This production features the usual fast-moving family adventure, physical theatre and outstanding storytelling, long associated with multi-award-winning Story Pocket Theatre.

‘compelling adventure story filled with well-choreographed action and quality performances, and best suited to grip late primary school and early teenage viewers’ The List

Story Pocket Theatre are proud to announce that King Arthur will be played by star of stage and screen, David Gant who is known for his roles in Braveheart, Ghandi and Coriolanus at Chichester Festival Theatre. He also voiced Oswald of Carim in the  video game Dark Souls and Lord Aldia in the sequel, Dark Souls II. Gant is an Associate and Licentiate of the London College of Music. Sarine Sofair will play the roles of Guinevere and Lady of the Lake. She recently understudied Carey Mulligan in David Hare’s Skylight at the Wyndhams Theatre, but is best known for her film and TV work such as Lhara in HBO’s Game of Thrones, Bell in The Rizen II, Yvonne in The Look of Love with Steve Coogan, directed by Michael Winterbottom and in Anna Karenina by Joe Wright. And Thomas Gilbey play young Arthur, he was one of the lead puppeteers on the National Theatre’s UK and South African tours of War Horse.  King Arthur is adapted by Adam Fletcher-Forde, co-directed by Julia Black and Adam Fletcher-Forde with original music by George Jennings.

David Gant                     Storyteller, Merlin

Thomas Gilbey             The Boy, Young Arthur

Nigel Munson               Minstrel, Morgana Le Fey, Wounded Knight 2, Green Knight, Mordred, Percivale

Otis Waby                      Kay, Leodegraunce, Wounded Knight 1, Lancelot, Bedevere

McKenzie Scott            Egbert, Pelinore, Gawain, Galahad

Luke Pitman                  Bercelet, Old Man

Sarine Sofair                 Squire, Guinevere, Morgana Le Fey, Lady Nemue, Green Wife, Mum

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.

The theatre company’s Patron, Michael Morpurgo says ‘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.’

LISTINGS INFORMATION: Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur at Gilded Balloon at the Museum Auditorium from Wednesday 3 – Monday 29 August (not Tuesday 16 & Monday 22), 14.45 (16.00 ends). Suitable for 7 +

Ticket prices £6, £8, £10 & £12. Box office 0131 622 6552

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