The Three Musketeers
This adaptation, which was commissioned by the Bristol Old Vic in England, is based on the timeless swashbuckler by Alexandre Dumas, a tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes and above all, honor.
The story, set in 1625, begins with d'Artagnan, a young Frenchman from Gascony, who sets off for Paris in search of adventure. Along with d'Artagnan goes Sabine, his sister, the quintessential tomboy. Sent with d'Artagnan to attend a convent school in Paris, she poses as a young man – d'Artagnan’s servant – and quickly becomes entangled in her brother’s adventures.
Soon after reaching Paris, d'Artagnan encounters the greatest heroes of the day, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, the famous musketeers. After blundering into each of them in turn, and challenging them to duels on the same night, d'Artagnan joins forces with his heroes to defend the honor of the Queen of France. In so doing, he finds himself in opposition to the most dangerous man in Europe, Cardinal Richelieu, as well as his henchman, Rochefort, Captain of the Cardinal’s Guard. Even more deadly is the infamous Countess de Winter, known as Milady, who will stop at nothing to revenge herself on d'Artagnan – and Sabine – for their meddlesome behavior. Little does Milady know that the young girl she scorns, Sabine, will ultimately save the day.
The play had its world premiere on December 6, 2006 at the world famous Bristol Old Vic and received ecstatic reviews. The director was Tim Sheader ("Twelfth Night" in Regent's Park), the fight choreographer was Richard Ryan (the movie "Troy") and the Artistic Director of the theatre was Simon Reade, former Literary Manager of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
For four women and eight men, with doubling. Various locations.
"[A] slick, swashbuckling romp that cleverly updates the Dumas novel ... Ken Ludwig's new version of the story simply refreshes it, distilling its energy and strengthening its timeless appeal."
"Ludwig tells a pacy tale with a suitable seasonal mix of merriment, musketeering, romance and the most gruesome stage death I’ve seen this year."
The Mail On Sunday
"Four Stars Out Of Four. The Bristol Old Vic has come up with a real winner for its festive production. Ken Ludwig's adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's classic yarn is completely in keeping with the most popular Hollywood versions."
The Bristol Evening Post
"Four Stars Out Of Four. Bristol Old Vic's spectacular new production certainly lives up to its swashbuckling billing. [It's] a mixture of love, adventure and good old fashioned values ..."
"Breathtakingly authentic. Just the right seasonal mix of low comedy, stirring music, catchphrases ancient and modern and designs that suggest Hollywood in its heyday."
The Stage (London)
"[A] humorous script, lively characters and plenty of swash-buckling action ... the best Christmas show the Old Vic has produced in several years."
"Ken Ludwig's script is fairly groaning with giggles. In short, about as much fun as you would expect, and then a little more."
"Two hours of pure awesomeness."
The California Aggie
Bristol Old Vic Production
Seattle Rep Production
Cincinnati Playhouse Production
Directed by Blake Robison
PC: Sandy Underwood
Seattle Rep Production
PC: Chris Bennion
The Bristol Old Vic Production
PC: Alastair Muir
Vyelle Croom as Aramis, Gerald Kyd as Athos and Paul Agar as Porthos
Swords at the Ready
All For One, And One For All!
Robin Sebastian as Cardinal Richelieu and Paul Benzing as Rochefort
Fiona Dunn as Queen Anne and Julien Ball as King Louis
George Rainsford as D'Artagnan and Samantha Robinson as Sabine
Marchello Walton as Treville-Father and George Rainsford as D'Artagnan
Paul Agar as Porthos
Samantha Robinson as Sabine and Vyelle Croom as Aramis
Charity Wakefield as Constance