The Story
Martin Guerre
Book
ALAIN BOUBLIL & CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHONBERG

Music
CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHONBERG

Lyrics
EDWARD HARDY & STEPHEN CLARK

Original French Text
ALAIN BOUBLIL

Additional Lyrics
HERBERT KRETZMER & ALAIN BOUBLIL
The story is set in 16th century Artigat, where a young Martin Guerre is forced into marriage with Bertrande to produce a Catholic heir. Shamed and beaten as a result of non-consummation of the wedlock, he abandons his home to fight for the Catholic cause, where he befriends Arnaud du Thil. Believing his friend dead after a battle, Arnaud goes to Artigat to tell Bertrande of her husband's death. However, having been mistaken for Martin by the villagers, and having fallen in love with Bertrande, he stays. Then, his association with the Protestants in the village forces a trial that brings his identity into question.

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THE STORY

ACT ONE

1560 on a battlefield somewhere in France, a mercenary soldier in the Catholic army, Martin Guerre, tells his friend, Arnaud du Thil, the story of his childhood. Seven years earlier in Artigat while still a youth, his Uncle Pierre Guerre, a rich landowner, arranged for him to marry his childhood friend Bertrande de Rols.

This marriage delighted the small community and they waited eagerly for Bertrande to give the family and heir. But the young Martin could not consummate the marriage. Terrible storms threatened the crops and the jealous Guillaume, rebuffed by Bertrande, convinced the superstitious villagers that Bertrande?s failure to conceive was the work of Satan. Martin became the scapegoat and was ritually beaten by the Priest, Father Dominic, to exorcise the devil. Bitter and humiliated, he left Bertrande and fled the village to start a new life.

Back on the battlefields, Martin finishes telling Arnaud his story, who now urges him to return home. The Protestant army suddenly attack and in the fight Martin is stabbed shielding Arnaud. Arnaud is forced to flee by his attackers, leaving Martin for dead.

In Artigat, Bertrande is now under pressure to re-marry and take Guillaume as her new husband. The crops are now threatened by a serious drought. Just as the village blamed Martin for the storms, they now blame Bertrande for the drought. A stranger appears and asks Benoit, the village idiot, to look for Bertrande. As if by miracle, a thunderclap is heard and the village, delirious at the prospect of rain, give the credit to the newcomer, Arnaud du Thil, and hail him as the prodigal son before he can say he really is.

Alone with Bertrande, Arnaud confesses the truth but as he tries to leave he is blocked by the villagers who will not let him go in case their recent change of fortune reverses. The relationship between Bertrande and Arnaud slowly deepens and they eventually become lovers. She confesses that that she is now a Protestant and takes him to witness their secret worship. Guillaume spies on them and realises that this is his opportunity for revenge. He incites Pierre and the villagers against the Protestants but as Guillaume threatens to kill Arnaud, Benoit hoping to save him, blurts out "he is not Martin Guerre". On the orders of Pierre, Arnaud is arrested for trial.

Meanwhile, Martin Guerre has, in fact, survived. Having recovered from his near-fatal wounds, he is on his way back to Artigat.


ACT TWO

Arnaud is brought to trial, still claiming to be Martin. A succession of witnesses are called and Bertrande speaks movingly of the man she loves, though she is careful to avoid declaring his name. Hatred intensifies between the Catholics and the Protestants.

The judge is about to dismiss the case for lack of evidence when a last minute witness asks to be heard. Martin Guerre has returned to denounce the impostor who has stolen his name. Th judge returns his verdict: Martin is to decide Arnaud's fate and Bertrande is to be returned to him as his legal wife. However, he also condemns the village as equally guilty for the part they have played.

In an eruption of violence and death, led by Guillaume, Artigat burns. Arnaud protests to Martin his genuine belief that he'd thought Martin to be dead and Bertrande proclaims that her love is only for Arnaud and that she feels nothing for Martin. In the name of friendship, Martin decides to let them go, but before they can escape, Arnaud is stabbed, shielding Martin from Guillaume's knife and in front of the whole village, he dies in Bertrande's arms.

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer CAMERON MACKINTOSH & THE GUTHRIE THEATRE
Direction CONALL MORRISON
Choreography DAVID BOLGER
Orchestrations WILLIAM DAVID BROHN
Musical Director KEVIN STITES
Scenic Design JOHN NAPIER
Costume Design ANDREANE NEOFITOU
Lighting Design HOWARD HARRISON
Sound Design ANDREW BRUCE & MARK MENARD
Cast
Arnaud Du Thil STEPHEN R. BUNTROCK
Bertrande De Rols ERIN DILLY
Martin Guerre HUGH PANARO
Guillaume JOSE LLANA
Benoit MICHAEL ARNOLD
Madame De Rols KATHY TAYLOR
Pierre Guerre JOHN LESLIE WOLFE
Father Dominic JOHN HERRERA
Judge Coras D.C. ANDERSON
Creative
Producer CAMERON MACKINTOSH & WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE
Direction CONALL MORRISON
Choreography DAVID BOLGER
Orchestrations WILLIAM DAVID BROHN
Musical Director DAVID SHRUBSOLE
Scenic Design JOHN NAPIER
Costume Design ANDREANE NEOFITOU
Lighting Design HOWARD HARRISON
Sound Design ANDREW BRUCE
Cast
Arnaud Du Thil MATTHEW CAMMELLE
Bertrande De Rols JOANNA RIDING
Martin Guerre STEPHEN WELLER
Guillaume MAURICE CLARKE
Benoit TERRY KELLY
Madame De Rols KERRY WASHINGTON
Pierre Guerre MICHAEL BAUER
Father Dominic GARETH SNOOK
Judge Coras GEOFFREY ABBOTT
Creative
Producer CAMERON MACKINTOSH
Direction DECLAN DONNELLAN
Choreography BOB AVIAN
Orchestrations JONATHAN TUNICK
Musical Supervisor DAVID WHITE
Musical Director DAVID CHARLES ABELL
Production Design NICK ORMEROD
Lighting Design DAVID HERSEY
Sound Design ANDREW BRUCE
Cast
Arnaud Du Thil IAIN GLEN
Bertrande De Rols JULIETTE CATON
Martin Guerre MATT RAWLE
Guillaume JEROME PRADON
Benoit MICHAEL MATUS
Madame De Rols SUSAN JANE TANNER
Pierre Guerre MARTIN TURNER
Father Dominic MARCUS CUNNINGHAM
Judge Coras PAUL LEONARD
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

Live With Somebody You LoveMartin, Arnaud
Your Wedding DayPierre Guerre, Madame de Rols, Martin, Bertrande, Guillaume, Company
The DelugeMartin, Bertrande, Madame de Rols, Pierre Guerre, Father Dominic, Guillaume, Company
I'm Martin GuerreMartin
Without You As A FriendMartin, Arnaud
The ConversionCatherine, Andre, Bertrande, Protestants
God's AngerFather Dominic, Catherine, Guillaume, Pierre Guerre, Bertrande, Company
How Many TearsBertrande
Dear LouisonBenoit, Arnaud
Welcome To The LandGuillaume, Benoit, Arnaud, Madame de Rols, Pierre Guerre, Andre, Catherine, Company
The ConfessionBertrande, Arnaud
The Seasons TurnCatherine, Arnaud, Pierre Guerre, Andre, Guillaume, Madame de Rols, Company
Don'tArnaud, Bertrande
All The YearsArnaud, Bertrande
The Holy FightAndre, Catherine, Protestants
The DinnerGuillaume, Pierre Guerre, Arnaud, Bertrande, Madame de Rols, Company
The RevelationGuillaume, Father Dominic, Madame de Rols, Benoit, Andre, Catherine, Pierre Guerre, Company
The Day Has ComeBertrande, Arnaud, Guillaume, Pierre Guerre, Andre, Father Dominic, Company

ACT TWO

If You Still Love MeArnaud, Martin
The CourtroomGuillaume, Andre, Pierre Guerre, Usher, Catherine, Judge, Arnaud, Madame de Rols, Benoit, Company
Who?Benoit, Judge, Company
I'm Martin Guerre (Reprise)Arnaud, Judge, Pierre Guerre, Madame de Rols, Company
All That I LoveBertrande, Arnaud, Judge
The Imposter Is HereJudge, Guillaume, Andre, Pierre Guerre, Benoit, Father Dominic, Arnaud, Bertrande, Madame de Rols, Company
The Final WitnessUsher, Judge, Martin, Father Dominic, Pierre Guerre, Arnaud, Guillaume, Bertrande, Madame de Rols, Company
The VerdictJudge
Justice Will Be DoneGuillaume, Martin, Pierre Guerre, Company
Benoit's LamentBenoit
Why?Arnaud, Bertrande, Martin
You Will Be MineGuillaume, Arnaud, Martin, Bertrande
How Many Tears (Reprise)Bertrande, Arnaud
Live With Somebody You Love (Reprise)Martin, Bertrande, Company

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