A sensational must-see
Kickstart’s ‘Camelot’ is quality theatre at its best
Review ‘Camelot’ Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College campus
KICKSTART Theatre Company has established a reputation for excellence and their latest production, Lerner and Loewe’s glorious musical Camelot, underlines that quality theatre is alive and well in Durban.
Adapted from the epic T.H. White novel The Once and Future King, the musical tells the story of King Arthur, the legendary fifth century British leader, who led medieval Britain’s defence against Saxon invaders.
Steven Stead is a perfect King Arthur, initially a bit boyish when he demands answers from his mentor Merlin (Peter Court) and starryeyed when he meets his queen, Guinevere (Jessica Sole).
Lyle Buxton brings nobility to his role as Sir Lancelot du Lac, a Frenchman who is initially ridiculed by the court and other Knights of the Round Table for his belief in purity, duty and service.
Arthur’s idealism is beautifully realised by Stead, as is his pain when his dreams of a civilised society — a place where debate rather than violence rules — is shattered by the machinations of his illegitimate son, Mordred (Nathan Kruger).
He encourages the knights to rebel and uses the love that has grown between Guinevere and Lancelot against both them and his father.
Sole and Buxton show once again their talent as they portray a relationship that moves from antagonistic to passionate as their characters meet and fall in love. Unable to take the fateful step and embark on a full-blown affair, they share their agony in the songsI Loved You Once in Silence and If Ever I Would Leave You.
The three leads are ably supported by an ensemble that includes Cameron Botha, Tshepo Ncokoane, Byron McNeil, Marion Loudon, Camilla Rogers, Nozuko Teto, Leigh Meyer, Anthony Stonier and Schoeman Smit. NEED TO KNOW KickstArt’s
Camelot is at the Elizabeth
Sneddon Theatre until June 3.
Booking is through Computicket. Please note: the show is not suitable for children under eight years old.
Terrence Bray has outdone himself with the costumes for Camelot. They are nothing short of spectacular. Matched with Tina le Roux’s extraordinary lighting and Greg King’s deceptively simple set, the result is sumptuous and rich.
This comes across best when watching the cast at play in the number The Lusty Month of May, which is full of lightness and joy, and then later at Lancelot’s knighting in the great hall, where the simmering tension between Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot is tangible. Camelot is quite simply a sensational must-see. If you have not yet booked tickets, I urge you to do so now. The run ends on Sunday, June 3.
Steven Stead as King Arthur and Jessica Sole as Guinevere in KickStArt Theatre Company’s Camelot.