The Three Musketeers – 2016

by Andrew Nicholson (Member of SDC)
9th-16th January 2016


The Three Musketeers, SDC’s 77th pantomime. The script is an original adaptation of Alexander Dumas’ classic novel, and is the third written by Andrew Nicholson, a member of the club. Katie Eynon chose this tale for her pantomime directorial debut, after performing in many of our shows over the past five years.

Our tale is set in Paris in 1625, and we follow the adventures of D’Artagnan as he pursues his ambition to join the The Musketeers, the sworn protectors of King Louis XIV. Although D’Artagnan is not able to join this elite force immediately, he befriends the three most formidable musketeers of the age: Athos, Aramis, and Porthos, and with them must help protect the bumbling King and his Queen Anne from the evil intellect of Cardinal Richelieu, Louis’ chief advisor. Meanwhile, the King and our dame, Fleur de Lis, are on the hunt for France’s greatest treasure…

While The Three Musketeers may not be a long established pantomime, the show is a tale of courage, teamwork, honour and bravery, and includes all the usual pantomime ingredients, upholding the finest traditions of the genre.




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Cast & Crew


D’Artagnan: Claire Desbottes
Constace: Hazel Istead
Fleur de Lis: John Shepherd
Athos: Dot Reid
Aramis: Jane Manns
Porthos: John Desbottes
Richelieu: David Apps
Roquefort: Darren Giles
Milady: Jill Fortune
Duke of Buckingham: Tim Crump
King Louis: Rob Etheridge
Queen Anne: Amanda Facey

Senior Chorus
Amelia Jennings
Maisie Connery
Bethany Conn
Katie Merritt
Alex Walford
Milly Beresford
Olivia Lloyd
Abbie Oseman
Mia Priest

Children’s Chorus
Team A
Elesha Boniface
Nicola Catley
Jessica Grace
Dabria Sutton
Freya Bunting
Rebbeca Clarke Irons
Maddison Hudgell
Megan Wood

Team B
Jessica Baird
Ruby Craker
Lucy Marshall
Charleigh Roberts
Hope Belgrove
Madison Dauris
Olivia Marshall
Savannah Milliner


Director: Katie Eynon
Writer: Andrew Nicholson
Choreography: Claire Giles
Assisted by: Sarah Huggett
Children’s Choreography: Mandy Grace
Musical Director: Catherine Reid
Musicians: George Berry & Sarah Hume
Costumes: Catherine Roberts & Andrew Roberts
Set Design & Painting: Di Ralston & Chris Bryan, Nicola Emery, Don Ralston
Lighting Design: Ian Barlow
Lighting Technicians: Simon Barlow, Paul Barlow, Richard Eames
Stage Manager: Matthew Hewish
Deputy Stage Manager: Karen Weeks
Assistant Stage Manager: Andrew Nicholson
Sound: Barry Nicholson & Tim Crump
Props: Ian Watson
Front of House Manager: Nicola Wood


One for all and all for fun at Sanderstead’s annual panto

Posted on December 17, 2015 by insidecroydon
Read the original review here: Inside Croydon

Perhaps it was Lynda Snell’s decision to go “off piste” with the Ambridge Christmas production (Calendar Girls! Really?!) which persuaded them. But the Sanderstead Dramatic Club has opted for uncharted territory with their panto next month when they perform The Three Musketeers.

It will be Sanderstead’s 77th pantomime, but it will be the first outing for a new script written by a club member, which will follow the fresh-faced D’Artagnan on his journey to become a musketeer in 17th Century Paris. Oh yes it will…

With the help of the three musketeers Aramis, Athos and Porthos, D’Artagnan strives to thwart the evil Cardinal Richelieu and his wicked spies Roquefort and Milady de Winter and their plot to overthrow the bumbling King Louis. So perfect panto material then.

Adapted from Alexandre Dumas’ classic with an original script by SDC member Andrew Nicholson, the historical adventure also features a live band, choreography from local dance groups Dance with Grace and Warlingham Dance School, and scenery designed by local artist Di Ralston and her team.

The show runs from January 9 to 16 at All Saints Parish Hall.

“The original script brings all the best panto ingredients – the fun and laughs, evil villains and ‘he’s behind you’ moments – to a classic story that parents and grandparents will enjoy as much as our youngest audience members,” said Katie Eynon, the show’s director.

“We’ve had a lot of fun rehearsing and look forward to opening the doors at All Saints in January.”


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