three crossed swordsAn adaptation of the classic adventure the Three Musketeers will hit the Essex Hall Theatre stage Friday.

Swashbuckling Three Musketeers adventure to start University Players’ season

University Players will open its season with the adventure-comedy The Three Musketeers, adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Playwright Ken Ludwig’s version of the fast-paced and funny classic tale runs from September 23 to October 2 in the Essex Hall Theatre.

The story begins when young d’Artagnan sets out, with his sister in tow, to join the King’s guard. He meets the famous three musketeers and swashbuckles with them through daring quests, action-packed swordfights and heroic rescues. This thrilling and playful adventure is a tale of heroism, treachery and close escapes and above all, honour. It’s all for one and one for all!

This production features staging by director Brian Taylor; the fight choreography of Jamie Treschak, with 27 choreographed fight scenes, including 10 impressive sword fights; sumptuous costume designs by Agatha Knelsen; set designs by master creator David Court; expressive lighting design by guest designer Tristan Tidswell; and the talents of the intensively trained BFA acting students of the School of Dramatic Art.

Wednesday through Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. On Sunday, September 25th, a free “Talk Back” discussion with the director and actors will follow the performance. Tickets are available online at or by calling 519-253-3000, ext. 2808.