The play starts as it means to continue, with action, sword fighting and comedy all rolled in together. The plot is convoluted, the themes adult, and the play is long, but the kids in the audience all seemed to be having a good time. And with Jonathan Goad as Porthos, Mike Shara as Aramis and Graham Abbey as Athos, the action just rolls along. Luke Humphrey is charming and romantic as D’Artagnan. You could not help cheering him on through his adventures and amours. Steven Sutcliffe has returned to Stratford from several seasons at Shaw to play the cynical Cardinal Richelieu. Tyrone Savage continues to improve and will soon be ready to take over from Goad, Shara and Abbey.
Deborah Hay was delightfully evil as Milady de Winter. Bethany Jillard was a charming and flirtatious Constance Bonacieux.
Miles Potter, the Director, and John Stead, the Fight Director did a terrific job, using the full scope of the Festival stage to bring people on and off, to stage the many sword fights and to create a very dramatic execution scene.