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En garde! The family-friendly Three Musketeers is swashbuckling its way back to the Stratford Festival. Based on the novel The Three Musketeers (Les Trois Mousquetaires) by French author Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), this is the classic adventure story of the camaraderie between the poor young nobleman D’Artagnan (played by Luke Humphrey) and Athos (Graham Abbey), Porthos (Jonathan Goad) and Aramis (Mike Shara), the three musketeers who are members of the King’s guards. They vow comradeship–“all for one, one for all (tous pour un, un pour tous)”– to protect King Louis XIII (Keith Dinicol) from the villainous Cardinal Richelieu (Steven Sutcliffe). The Cardinal’s accomplice Milady de Winter (Deborah Hay) is as conniving (read “cool”) a female villain as you will ever meet. Set in the 17th Century, The Three Musketeers was first serialized in the newspaper Le Siècle in 1844. In case you want to know what happens after the curtain comes down, two subsequent novels Twenty Years After and The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later continue the story of D’Artagnan, and form the trilogy  known as the D’Artagnan Romances. And did you know? Dumas, like most accomplished gentlemen of his time, was himself a notable “musketeer,” formally trained in fencing.

The Three Musketeers begins previews at Stratford May 18, and runs until October 19. For ticket and other info, including “forum-event” activities related to The Three Musketeers, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca.

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