Everyone is familiar with the renowned adventures of D'Artagnan and his three fellow musketeers, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, as they fight for king and country—with frequent detours involving wine, women and song. The entire panoply of action is captured here with brilliant inventiveness and theatricality: the devious trickery of Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter; the sad plight of the beauteous Constance Bonacieux; attempted assassinations; plots and counterplots; and the final triumph of virtue over the forces of evil. Moving swiftly from scene to scene, with minimal staging required, the play captures all the color and excitement of the original with notable economy, and provides a memorable—and unashamedly romantic—experience for audiences and actors alike.
A rousing, rollicking and eminently stage-worthy new version of the classic "swashbuckler," first presented, with great success, by the Stratford Festival, in Canada. "How thorough Mr. Raby has been in his recapitulation of Dumas' plot…This is a piece of master carpentry, with special skill in the dovetailing" —Toronto Globe and Mail. "Peter Raby has adapted the Dumas text into a sprawling, multi-scened extravaganza written mostly in purple ink—the only color for this kind of tale." —Toronto Telegram.