Romance. Adapted by Max Bush from the novel by Alexandre Dumas.
Cast: 25m., 10w. (15m., 5w. with doubling. Many small roles and extras possible.) "Do not hesitate to act, or you may lose the chance that Fortune, in her wisdom, offers you." With this advice from his father, and to fulfill his dream of becoming a musketeer, d'Artagnan heads for Paris and into a world of romance, intrigue and action. En route he meets Milady, the alluring agent of Cardinal Richelieu, and makes an enemy of the formidable Count de Rochefort. In Paris, d'Artagnan unwittingly challenges all three of the Inseparables—Athos, Porthos, Aramis—to a duel. When the cardinal's guards arrive, d'Artagnan joins with the musketeers, turning the sword fight to a musketeer victory. Soon he is called to action again to rescue Constance Bonacieux, the queen's seamstress, with whom he falls in love. Through Constance, d'Artagnan learns of the cardinal's plot to destroy the queen and embraces the chance to prove himself worthy of Constance and the uniform of a musketeer. Athos, Porthos, Aramis and d'Artagnan declare war on the cardinal and both sides enter into an escalating and treacherous battle for love and power. Area staging. Approximate running time: 3 hours, 5 minutes. There is also a version for young audiences (70 to 75 minutes).