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Barbershopera's The Three Musketeers @ The Second Space,Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Published by: Yvonne Delahaye on 12th Oct 2013 | View all blogs by Yvonne Delahaye
One of the great things about The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury is that the main auditorium seats 1200 people and takes in big scale touring productions. Sometimes though it’s nice to see a smaller production and The Second Space provides the perfect venue for fringe theatre and comedy nights. For two nights only, multi-award winning theatre group Barbershopera present their new musical comedy based on Alexandre Drumas’ classic The Three Musketeers.

Barbershopera, were the toast of Radio 4’s Christmas play season and this is the fourth full-length musical production from writing partners Rob Castell and Tom Sadler. Previous Barbershopera work has played in the West End and throughout the UK, winning multiple awards at the Edinburgh Festival and at the International Musicals Festival in South Korea. Reinventing Alexandre Dumas' much-loved adventure story with four-part acappella harmonies, the three guys and a girl sing you through the epic adventure of The Three Musketeers.

With her village under threat of destruction at the hands of the villainous Cardinal Richtea, young Nicole D'Artagnan must head to Paris to win support of the King's Musketeers. Murky undertakings plague the progress of our heroine and her new-found trio of friends as they battle corruption, femme fatales and the cultural confusions brought on by a quest to England. All for fun and fun for all! 

Barbershopera! - The Three Musketeers

The talented cast work very hard and bring a lot of energy to creating numerous roles between them. LAURA DARTON plays D'Artagnan and Cardinal Rich Tea Laura has recently finished training at Mountview and says she is thrilled to be making her professional debut with Babershopera. PETE SOREL CAMERON plays King Louis of France and Aramis. Pete joined Barbershopera in 2009 and has been performing with them across the UK – notably at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. HARRY STONE,  playing Porthos and Milady, trained at Stonelands School of Ballet and Theatre Arts and his theatre work includes performances in PayBack and The Tempest. RUSSELL WALKER, as Athos and Duke of Buckingham, trained at the Arts Educational London Schools and will be joining the cast of Wicked after his time with Barbershopera.

It’s a shame there were only 30 people in the audience, as I understand just how hard the cast had to work, but it didn’t diminish their enthusiasm and the vocals and harmonies were all on point! 

Tour dates:
12th Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
 13th Long Sutton Market House
16th Preston Playhouse
17th Kendal Brewery Arts Centre
18th Frosterley Village Hall
 19th Corbridge Village Hall
 21st Canterbury Festival, Spiegel Tent
22nd Leicester Square Theatre
24th Westacre Theatre
25th Westacre Theatre
26th Westacre Theatre
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Reviewed by:
Yvonne Delahaye


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    Thanks, Yvonne. This definitely sounds like it deserves a big audience. Great concept - almost like an a cappella 39 Steps?
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