Today in 1802 the French writer Alexandre Dumas was born. Although he wrote a good number of novels, including ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ and ‘The Man in the Iron Mask’, he is possibly best known for ‘The Three Musketeers’. This book has been filmed many times and, amazingly, is seeing yet another remake, due for release early October and featuring Orlando Bloom and Milla Jovovich. Just in case you are the person who has never seen one of the movies or read the book, there are these three musketeers (not much of a plot spoiler there) Athos, Porthos and Aramis who are joined by a musketeer wannabee – D’Artagnan, and they get involved in a matter of intrigue and mystery, which threatens the very monarchy of France itself.
An hour after rehearsals finish, the dancers begin to prepare for the evening performance. A last-minute cast change due to injuries has involved several of them in emergency on-stage rehearsals and costume fittings. The best opportunities often come at such times. ‘I was lucky last season to have the chance to dance the Rose Fairy in The Nutcracker which was fantastic,’ says Yasmine. But sometimes it works the other way. ‘I was supposed to be dancing the Lilac Fairy tonight, but so many young artists are off sick or injured that I am back in the corps – a shame, because my family were coming to see me,’ Tierney says with a resigned shrug.