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Wednesday, 21 December 2016
The Three Musketeers
Un pour tous, tous pour un ! One for all and all for
Dome of the Palais des Sports, Paris
The refrain from Les Trois Mousquetaires or The Three Musketeers
is as familiar in English as in French. The historical adventure story by
Alexandre Dumas remains popular to this day. It has seen countless film
I welcomed the opportunity to see the latest musical production in
French at the Palais des Sports in Paris.
The role of D’Artagnan was played by the decidedly
dishy French-Canadian Olivier Dion. However, as befits the famous togetherness
motto, he was not the only star in the show. All the leading roles showed star
quality. The show plays to the strengths of each cast member. The songs are
catchy. Voices are strong. The staging is stunning. The choreography and
dancing are superb.
The young, hot-headed D’Artagnan heads for Paris to
seek his fortune. His long journey is portrayed in an unsophisticated way. It
provides an amusing contrast of his regional origins with the capital ahead and
the otherwise highly modern production. Barely has D’Artagnan arrived than he
finds himself called to duels by all 3 of the famed musketeers. We know the
story in advance. Yet, the pace and acting still deliver the humour as if
totally fresh to the audience.
The '4' Musketeers poster on the roof of the Palais des Sports
The production provides each star with a chance to
shine. It is difficult to select all my favourite moments without spoiling all the
surprises. Nonetheless, some moments stand out in my memory weeks later. The
production of the evil Milady’s main scene is outstanding. The technology and
fire combine to convey a very hot, menacing scene. Her cunning pursuit of the
musketeers is as portrayed with simplicity and pace.
Although we know the story in advance, the actors keep
us guessing until the last minute. Will the diamond necklace be returned from
England in time? We still half expect another twist in the plot, as Richelieu
waits ready to pounce on a hapless queen. Victoria enters the stage. She owns
the stage as the triumphant, dazzling Queen of France. Her dress shimmers, her
crown catches the light and the troublesome diamonds sparkle victory at her
As the story is so familiar, it might even be possible
to enjoy the production even if you don’t speak French. Les 3 Mousquetaires is
a must-see spectacle. The whole cast received a lengthy and well-deserved
Les 3 Mousquetaires remains in Paris until 8th January 2017. It will then go on tour around France in
2017 – starting in Rouen in early February and currently finishing in Nice in July. I’m sorely tempted to see it again.
This spectacle impresses and uplifts. A treat to celebrate a special occasion. With the right backing and a professional English translation for the script and lyrics, I believe that this musicial theatre production has potential for a
successful international transfer. West End and Broadway next stops?
Karen Andrews is a freelance French to English translator/transcreator, content writer and editor. She has a strong background in marketing and project management.
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