Review: The Three Musketeers at York Theatre Royal

    The Three Musketeers Mark Dawson Photography
    Artspod Review
    Le Navet Bete and Exeter Northcott Theatre present
    The Three Musketeers
    Feb 7th, York Theatre Royal
    The Three Musketeers – Mark Dawson Photography

    Armed only with a baguette and his questionable steed, join hot-headed D’Artagnan as he travels to Paris full of childish excitement and misplaced bravado to become a Musketeer. Will things go to plan? It’s unlikely. With four actors and over 30 characters this will be their most hilariously chaotic adventure yet!

    Supported by a top notch band of brothers including long-time co-conspirator (and funny man director) John Nicholson (Peepolykus, BBC Radio 4) internationally renowned choreographer Lea Anderson MBE (The Cholmondeleys) and critically acclaimed set designer Ti Green (Touching the Void Bristol Old Vic / National Tour) this show is set to be the company’s biggest and most riotous to date.


    Three Musketeers – Mark Dawson Photography


    Erin | Student reviewer

    We sent along Erin, a Leeds Arts University student with fellow student, a primary school teacher in training (at York University) to watch Le Navet Bete‘s The Three Musketeers.
    We loved this show! Hilarious, clever and a great night out Le Navet Bete‘s The Three Musketeers sheds a whole new light onto this classic tale.  The whimsical storytelling makes the world of D’Artagnan completely come to life. There were only 4 actors (Dan Bianchi, Nick Bunt, Al Dunn and Matt Freeman) but they were brilliant, playing around 40 different characters between them and with over 100 outfit changes made the show great fun with really impressive performances by all of them with their slick comic timing and never ending physical energy. I particularly liked the fantastic set design, by designer Ti Green, which really added to the imaginative recreation of the tale. The whole stage was built to be an extraordinary layered treehouse which cleverly transformed for each scene, keeping up with the shows fast pace.
    Overall, The Three Musketeers is a brilliantly funny and original show that is definitely a must-see. We had a right laugh!
    Next year they are returning with Treasure Island which I really want to see too!
    The Three Musketeers. Photo by Matt Austin


    The Three Musketeers are taking their baguettes and bicycles around the UK. Age recommendation: 7+
    See all the tour dates here

    For more upcoming fabulous shows at Theatre Royal York visit their website

    About Le Navet Bete

    Hello and welcome to the world of Le Navet Bete!

    We are one of the UK’s leading touring physical comedy theatre companies having been proudly based in Exeter, Devon UK since 2008. Our mission is to create and tour hilarious, physical and totally accessible comedy theatre using creative and engaging storytelling for absolutely everyone (ages 4 – 104!) throughout the UK and internationally. We are Associate Artists at the Exeter Northcott Theatre and Artists in Residence at the Exeter Phoenix.

    A Bit More About Us…

    There are five of us who make up the core team of the company – four performers (Dan Bianchi, Nick Bunt, Al Dunn and Matt Freeman) and our technical and production wizard (Alex Best). We first met each other whilst studying on the Theatre and Performance course at the University of Plymouth in 2003 and, since graduating, have produced twelve indoor and three outdoor shows to huge critical acclaim and success.

    Our first two shows Serendipity and Zemblanity, heavily influenced by bouffon and non-narrative-based structures, were performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2008 and 2009 respectively and gained multiple five-star reviews. As we developed over the following years, our inimitable style of performance became much more storytelling / narrative-driven with hit shows such as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dick Tracy and Robin Hood and His Merry Men placing physical theatre, fooling and slapstick at the heart of it. Dracula: The Bloody Truth has been published and licensed worldwide. 2019 sees us take on Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers.

    Making accessible work has been at the centre of our ethos right from the very beginning. This saw us diversify into outdoor performance in 2010, quickly becoming one of the UK’s most ridiculously outrageous, much-loved outdoor acts, performing to hundreds of thousands from the circus fields at Glastonbury Festival and the beautiful gardens of the Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover, Germany, to the picturesque Plaza de Armas in Morelia, Mexico, and high up on the side of the Rock of Gibraltar.

    As well as performing, we have a widely renowned education programme specialising in physical comedy, performer-audience relationships and play, that we have taught in schools, colleges and universities across the world from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London to the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City.

    The main reason we do what we do is that we simply love to make people laugh. Everyone should be able to enjoy theatre and that is exactly what we hope to achieve. So whether you’ve seen all of our shows, taken part in a workshop or just passing through we hope to see you sometime soon!

    Dan, Alex, Nick, Al & Matt


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