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Three Musketeers, The (Ludwig) - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Three Musketeers, The (Ludwig)

Ken Ludwig, Alexandre Dumas

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

8m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573652288

Ken Ludwig
Adapted from the novel by Alexander Dumas 
"[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." –The Guardian
A tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes and above all, honor.
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Minimum Fee: $100 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Period

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 16th Century / Elizabethan

Settings Of Play - France, 1625. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Stage Combat, Special Effects

Interior Set, Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Opportunity for Spectacle

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Outdoor, Large Stage

This adaptation 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 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, and he 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. 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.

"[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." –The Guardian

"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 ..." –Bristol Metro

"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." - The BBC

"Ken Ludwig's script is fairly groaning with giggles. In short, about as much fun as you would expect, and then a little more." - Venue Magazine

"Two hours of pure awesomeness." - The California Aggie

Ken Ludwig's The Three Musketeers 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), and the Artistic Director of the theatre was Simon Reade, former Literary Manager of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Characters

CASTING

8m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Local Celebrity Cameo, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

Men (8 with doubling)
D'ARTAGNAN
ATHOS
PORTHOS
ARAMIS
CARDINAL RICHELIEU
ROCHEFORT / STANLEY
KING LOUIS XIII / D'ARTAGNAN'S FATHER / BASILLE / FOUQUET / FACHE
TREVILLE / DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM
RAVANCHE
RAFFIAN
INNKEEPER
DEBRIS

Women (4 with doubling)
SABINE
MILADY / OLD WOMAN
COSNTANCE BONACIEUX / ADELE / SISTER AT SCHOOL
QUEEN ANNE / D'ARTAGNAN'S MOTHER / ELISE / MOTHER SUPERIOR / ABBESS
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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  • Meet The Playwright: Ken Ludwig

Author(s)
Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig

KEN LUDWIG has had 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor, which the Washington Post called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century,” won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards (England’s ... view full profile

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Reviews
Kate Arthurs 9/8/2015 12:51 PM
I read the script, then passed it on to my creative team, and a few of my student officers.  We can't wait to get our license approved and produce it this season in which we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our name, The Jesuit Philelectic Society, and the 50th anniversary of females being allowed on our stage (we're an all-male high school.)   Great humor, fantastic fight scenes for our stage combat choreographer to create with our students, AND an empowering female message, all while sticking to the spirit and adventure of the original classic story by Dumas.  Can't wait!
Scott Piehler 3/23/2015 8:59 AM
Okay, so when the mind behind "Moon Over Buffalo" "Lend Me A Tenor" and "Fox on the Fairway" gets his hands on The Three Musketeers, it's gonna be funny. And it is. But, without sacrificing the swashbuckling spirit you'd expect.

We staged it to great success. Ludwig's creation of Sabine, D'Artagnan's younger sister, is a welcome shot of estrogen. The play has great laughs, real thrills, and some truly emotional moments. Tone-wise, it shares something with the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.

Caveat: There is a LOT of swordplay in this show. A fight choreographer can make or break your production.

If you're looking for a deep character study of what drives the Musketeers, look elsewhere. If you're looking for an evening of derring-do, you've found your show.
Roy H. Wilhite, Jr. 9/23/2014 11:31 AM
I did not enjoy this adaptation.  I wanted to.  I thought I would.  But I did not.  It was too random and characters were not as well developed as I would have liked.  Sorry but I do not recommend.

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