France is embroiled in a bitter pudding trade dispute with England, the Cardinal wants to wreck a Gallic village by building a holiday home, and Louis XIII has been rather too free with his royal plums. So begins Barbershopera’s retelling of Alexandre Dumas’ classic ‘The Three Musketeers’: a delightful a cappella comedy in which D’Artagnan is a woman, the French king has a thing for English men, and there’s an above average amount of spanking. An affectionate mockery of both nations is one of the show’s pleasures, with some quietly effective one-liners slipped in. But the real highlight is the singing. Barbershopera’s gently bawdy songs are catchy, unashamedly silly and always superbly delivered. One for all to enjoy.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1-27 Aug (not 13, 20), 11.05pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Sarah Richardson]