1981 – The Three Musketeers
The world première season of The Three Musketeers was staged in February 1981 at the Palais Theatre. One of Australia’s greatest dancers, Marilyn Jones, was Artistic Director at that time, and the work was commissioned from André Prokovsky, who adapted Dumas’ novel for the stage. Music by Giuseppe Verdi was arranged by Guy Woolfenden.
Principal Artists that season were Dale Baker, David Burch, the incomparable Kelvin Coe, Paul de Masson, Michela Kirkaldie (brilliant as Milady), and Gary Norman. Leonid Kozlov and Valentina Kozlova were the Guest Artists.
1987 – The Three Musketeers revisited
Very similar programme – same costume design on the cover as the 1981 season. This time the Musketeers were played by David McAllister, Steven Heathcote and Paul de Masson (who had in fact been in the première season). Guest artist from the US, Fernando Bujones, learned the role of D’Artagnan and was absolutely wonderful, Milady was danced by Christine Walsh, and the costumes and sets were the same – lots of shinily dazzling pale blue, hurting the eyes and making some of the dancing difficult to see! Enjoyable in the extreme.