A cleverly designed set shifts to create different landscapes within the small stage on which Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur is set. The audience is transported through a myriad of different locations and times – it is easy to get swept up in the magic of the show when it contains such an incredibly impressive breadth of action and escapism.
Fitting a tale as long and with as many characters as King Arthur into the space of just over an hour, with a cast of just seven, is a challenge. Younger viewers may find it difficult to keep up with the rapid change in scenes and actors who play a variety of different roles.
However, although recommended for 7+, the wealth of storytelling, energy and elegance of the traditional songs, provides enough to keep all ages entertained.
Words: Ursula Fleming
Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur, Gilded Balloon at the Museum, Aug 9-29 (not 16, 22), 2.45pm