Sherman Theatre Cardiff
Jan 2nd-Jan 11th 1975
Welsh National Opera Drama Co
GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT
Nigel Ellacott, Hilary Gilman, Patrick Salvadori, Richard Morse, Antony McDonald, Mathew Scurfield, Elspeth Walker
Directed by Elspeth Walker, Written by David Snodin. Music by Stephen Oliver. Designed by Iona Macleish.
The Welsh National Opera company created a Drama division, and this show, based on the Knights of The Round Table, was chosen to tour schools and centres, and played the Sherman Theatre straight after Christmas. We toured it for four months prior to the Sherman.
Nigel as Sir Gawain
I played Sir Gawain, and the play had panto elements- A Villain- The Green Knight, who gets his head chopped off and keeps walking around, , a wicked Witch, a jester, King Arthur, a love interest, and a few woodland animals thrown in. The Music was by Stephen Oliver, a hugely talented composer who went on to write for major Opera Companies and the National Theatre. His 50 Operas, included “Timon Of Athens” and “The Duchess Of Malfi”.
Beheading The Green Knight- Twice Daily
The tour carried on after the Sherman “Panto Style” production, through the spring.