Alexander Dumas’s rip-roaring yarn of derring-do, palace intrigue, and slushy amour, seamlessly transplanted to Pantoland.
Here we find those famous swashbucklers, Porthos, Aramis, Athos and D’Artagnan, effortlessly recast as a bevy of roistering, thigh slapping lovelies – Principal Garcons par excellence. Throw in the despicable Cardinal Richeleeugh, his debauched sidekick Le Chevalier Du Lobster Roquefort, a clutch of other eminently hissable villains, plus a giant pantomime snail, and you have all the ingredients for un panteau cordon bleu.
With no opportunity missed to involve the audience, the chance to incorporate around a dozen musical numbers, and loads of truly wicked jokes at the expense of our near, dear neighbours, the French. The Three Musketeers – Le Panteau! offers all that’s best about traditional festive entertainment, but with the added attraction of a colourful new setting based on an established and well-loved tale.
Most amateur societies have twice as many female actors as male actors, yet most pantomimes provide for only two or three female principals. Well this show boasts seven, with the avowed intention to give the ladies a fair crack of the whip. And the chance to show they can roister and swashbuckle with the best of them!
Cast: M9 F7, M or F 2. Extras and chorus: As many as you like, M or F.
Provision is made in the script for the inclusion of twelve musical numbers.
Published and licensed for performance by Samuel French Ltd.
Cardinal Richeleeugh, villainy incarnate
Malady Du Splinter, a wicked lady
Le Chevalier Du Lobster Roquefort, debauched Aristo and agent of the evil Cardinal
Capitan Pussac, Commandante of the feared Cardinal’s Guard
D’Artagnan, un garcon principal impudent
Porthos, un garcon principal gastronomique
Aramis, un garcon principal poetique
Athos, un garcon principal paralytique
Dame Desirée D’Artagnan, la tante D’Artagnan
Constant Hoh-hi-hon, une sex-kitten hapless
King Louis XXVLIIXVLIIIXXXVIII, by the grace of God, King of France
Queen Anne, une airhead royalismé
The Duke of Tottenham (Hotspur), Prime Minister D’Angleterre et all-round stud-muffin… handsome but dim
Monsieur De Trivialle, Commandante of the King’s Musketeers
Zoot A Lor and Zach Rebleur, of the Cardinal’s Guard
Plonquer, un thief; servant to D’Artagnan
Monsieur Hoh-hi-hon, un vielle geezer loopy! Purveyor of snails to the court of Versailles
Mother Inferior, she has a dirty habit…
Gérard Drippy-Dew, un escargot pantomimique
Le Scuttle, a pantomime spider and glove puppet
Brother Bastinado and Brother Strappado, Inquisitors Génerale
Plus dancing chorus of Cardinal’s Guards, a few extra musketeers, wenches, innkeepers, citizens, etc.