A re-staged action-packed musical comes to Kingston's Rose Theatre this winter.

Review: The Three Musketeers

This spectacular musical tells the story of D’Artagnan, who dreams of joining up with his father’s heroic former comrades, the legendary Musketeers.

His search takes him to the dark and deadly city of Paris, where the once mighty Athos, Porthos and Aramis may prove to no longer be the heroes they once were.

The story follows D’Artagnan’s quest to become a Musketeer, which takes him on a journey in which he battles for honour, truth, and above all, love. 

The musical is a heart-warming triumph, with a strong and skillful cast who own the stage throughout.

Michael Pickering‘s D’Artagnan is a particular success, his powerful and moving voice fills the theatre and forms an instant and lasting connection with the audience.

He is well-matched by Kaisa Hammarlund, who plays his love interest Constance, whose powerful voice ensures a perfect pairing for their duets.

The production has been thoughtfully staged, using complex designs to bring visual impact to the performance. The sword-fighting scenes are particularly impressive as they are handled with confident skill.

The music itself is something of a mixed bag, although songs that shine out are ‘Any Day’, ‘Riding to Paris’ and ‘Take a Little Wine’. However, where the music is occasionly lacking, the orchestra and vocals more than make up for it.

The only real potential drawback of this production is its length, which stretches for two and a half hours, in addition to an interval. There is, however, enough excitement, talent and comedic timing to sweep the audience along until the end.

The opening night was attended by notable figures from the theatre and performance world, including Dawn French, who commented enthusiastically to RiverOnline that she thought the musical was ‘rousing and sexy’.

The production, photos of which can be seen here, will be showing at the Rose Theatre in Kingston until 2 January. 

Click here to view a preview of the musical. For tickets, contact the box office on 0871 230 1552 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0871 230 1552 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0871 230 1552      end_of_the_skype_highlighting      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or see the website for more details.

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