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SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT

adapted from the fourteenth century poem

by DAVID SELF

 Cast:  6 speaking parts (4m, 1f, 1 variable) + knights, ladies and servants
 Suggested Age Range:  9 upwards.
 Approx. Running Time:  45 - 50 minutes
 Music:  None essential but incidental live or recorded mediaeval and Christmas music can be helpful.
 Set:

Open stage /arena. Scenes established by sound, light and simple props.

 Synopsis:  This version of the Gawain legend has been especially adapted from the fourteenth century poem and uses the anonymous poet as storyteller. King Arthur's Christmas festivities are interrupted by the arrival of the Green Knight. Young Gawain accepts the challenge and beheads him but, within the year, must seek him out to receive a return blow. Gawain eventually arrives unknowingly at the Knight's castle and is wooed by the latter's lady but he proves true and returns in triumph and honour to Arthur's court.

Originally commissioned by BBC Radio, this stage version can be as elaborate or as simple as desired and can stand alone or form part of a longer programme.

Click to view script (requires PDF viewer, Acrobat Reader, Xpdf, etc.)

Price Codes: 

 Script:  Code A

 Performance Rights:  Code Z

 Licence to Copy: Code Z
 Video Recording Licence: Code H

 SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT was formerly published by Macmillan Education Ltd.

ISBN 978 1 872475 59 2

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