show
In the OPEN AIR, in the lovely grounds of
TOWNHILL PARK HOUSE
15th - 17th & 22th - 24th July

Matinée performances at 1:30pm
Evening performances at 6:30pm.

PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER START TIMES!

This production is suitable for 7 year olds and above

Telephone bookings 0333 666 3366 (booking fee applies to phone bookings)

A Comedy Adventure

A modern adaptation of The Three Musketeers

When the young and naive D'Artagnan sets out on his quest to become a King's musketeer, he immediately encounters the dangerous femme fatale, Milady de Winter.
After discovering that the musketeers have been disbanded, he makes it his mission to get them reinstated.

But will his feud with Milady thwart him?
And who the heck is she?

Director & Cast

The Director of this production is William Baggs
William has been a member since the early 2010s. Whilst an experienced director elsewhere, this is his first time directing for Maskers. William has appeared in many productions, including the lead role in Richard II, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, King James in Anne Boleyn and two productions at the Nuffield Theatre, Ten Times Table and Sitting Pretty. William enjoys acting and directing equally and is very grateful for the opportunity to steer this year’s summer show for Maskers.

D'Artagnan is played by David Jobson
David dons the tabard once again, having performed in The Three Musketeers twice before - once as Porthos for Winchester University and a year later in the Chesil Theatre’s outdoor production. He has been part of many Maskers’ shows, including Richard II, The Jungle Book, Around the World in Eighty Days and An Italian Straw Hat. He has also performed a number of Shakespearean roles at the Titchfield Festival Players’ Tithe Barn, including Cassius in Julius Caesar, Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, and Malcolm in Macbeth. David is also a trustee for Flute Theatre, a company that uses the language of Shakespeare to help autistic youngsters to communicate.

Athos is played by Duncan Randall
Duncan has a track record in community theatre spanning more than a decade (on and off) in various places. He started as a character actor at primary school and has played the bumbling detective in many a murder mystery in Kineton Amateur Dramatics. Then, on moving to the south coast, he joined Titchfield Festival Theatre (TFT). His creations for TFT include Going and Lupin (Diary of a Nobody), Enobarbus (Anthony and Cleopatra), Goldberg (The Birthday Party) Ken of The Saga of Ken and Sandra, the Landlord in Jim Cartwright’s Two and Laurence in Abigail’s Party. Duncan recently moved to Southampton and the Maskers. Rehearsing the Three M’s, playing three parts, has certainly cantered away the lockdown blues - and shifted a bit of the lockdown bulge.

Porthos is played by Rachel Di Nucci
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Aramis is played by Abi Linnartz
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ASM / Queen Anne are played by Emma Kirkpatrick
Emma has been part of Maskers since 2021 and has been part of one production: Out of Focus, playing the part of Linda. She studied Drama at university before training to become a primary school teacher. This is Emma's first outside production and she is very excited to be playing multiple parts in this comedy piece.

Maman / Ensemble are played by Marie McDade
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Papa / Nun / Ensemble are played by Adam Taussik
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Felton / M Bonacieux / Ensemble are played by Paul Baker
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Bertie / Ensemble are played by Simon Mewett
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Sister Mary / Ensemble are played by Hazel Burrows
Hazel has been a member of the Maskers since the mid-70s, enjoying every aspect of theatre; performance, costume, set design and directing.
Her last performance was mid-April in Ugly Lies the Bone, playing a therapist and mother, in an interesting play dealing with how to cope with pain. Last October Hazel directed a comedy, Out of Focus, in our Studio theatre. In The Three Musketeers we see Hazel play a tavern lady, a nun, a sailor, a framed picture... so the art of quick changes can be included in her theatre experience!

Travers / Ensemble are played by Daniel Chopra
Daniel joined Blue Apple theatre company in Winchester in 2017 and has appeared in 13 plays with them before recently joining Maskers. For Blue Apple, he has appeared in The Wizard of Oz, The Tempest, The Railway Children, Much Ado about Nothing, Frankenstein, A White Christmas, Family on the Frontline, Change, Pinocchio and Macbeth and, in 2019, he took part in a student movie called Visual Storm, playing a kidnapped hostage. Blue Apple supports performers with learning differences to develop and present high-quality productions for the widest possible audience – performing and touring theatre, dance and film within a variety of large and small scale venues around Hampshire and the southern regions. Daniel has cerebellar ataxia.

Creative Team

Production Manager
Christine Baker
Stage Manager
tba
Deputy Stage Manager
Kathryn Salmon
Set Design
Brian Stansbridge
Set Painting
tba
Set Construction
Brian Stansbridge
Set Dressing
tba
Electrical Infrastructure & Lighting
Clive Weeks
Sound Design & Infrastructure
Jamie McCarthy
Lighting & Sound Operators
tba
Wardrobe & Costumes
tba
Properties
tba

Ticket Information

Performance Times

Fri 15 Jul 2022, 6:30pm

Sat 16 Jul 2022, 6:30pm

Sun 17 Jul 2022, 1:30pm & 6:30pm

Fri 22 Jul 2022, 6:30pm

Sat 23 Jul 2022, 1:30pm & 6:30pm

Sun 24 Jul 2022, 1:30pm

IMPORTANT!! PLEASE NOTE EARLY START TIMES!!

This play runs for approximately 2 hours.

EARLY BIRD OFFER - buy before 31st May and get £2 off Adult fixed night ticket!

Adult
Fixed night: £14* until May 31st, then £16;
Flexible night in advance: £18;
On the gate: £18

Children
under 16yrs: £13 (all options)
- this production is suitable for 7-year old and up

Students
(16+ in full time education - ID required)
£14 (all options)

Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)
Fixed night only: £50

Groups
10% off fixed night tickets for groups of 10 or more (not applicable for Early Bird Offer)

THIS IS AN OPEN AIR PRODUCTION

Patrons are welcome to picnic in the beautiful grounds of TownHill Park House (The Gregg School) from 5.00pm (12.00pm for the Matinées).

Note – the Gertrude Jekyll garden also will be open for viewing but no picnics are allowed in that area.

You are advised to bring low-back chairs, rugs, etc., as NO SEATING IS PROVIDED.

We suggest you also bring jumpers or coats, as it can get cold even on the warmest of evenings.  Please also come prepared for our English weather, we have been known to have the occasional shower.  Usually, we continue to perform unless the weather is extremely bad.  Any decision to postpone a show or cancel a performance will not be made sooner than 30 mins prior to the published start time.  Should we have the misfortune to have to cancel a whole show then no refunds will be given but tickets for alternative performances will be offered.

The Gregg School is a private school, and the grounds are not generally open to the public.  There is no public access prior to the performance dates.  Dates of occasional open days to view the gardens at other times can be found on the Gregg School website.

Ample free parking and toilet facilities will be provided with provision for disabled patrons.   There is a short walk of approx. 100 metres to the performance area.

Hot and cold drinks and snacks will be available to buy.  There will be no alcohol for sale, but you are welcome to bring your own.

No unaccompanied children under 16.   No dogs (except guide dogs).

Poster, Flyer & Programme

For the Maskers

Technical Manager:- Jamie McCarthy;   Lighting Consultant:- Clive Weeks;   Sound Consultant:- Jamie McCarthy;   Marketing Team:- Angela Stansbridge, Anna Hussey, Abigail Caveney, Clive Weeks, Robert Osborne, Meri Mackney, Paul Baker;   Front of House & Box Office Manager:- Chris Baker;   Photographer:- Clive Weeks;   Bar Manager:- Meri Mackney
 
 
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Maskers Theatre Company
Off Emsworth Road
Shirley
Southampton
SO15 3LX

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Established 1968

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