Three Musketeers teaches loyalty but that there will also be betrayal

The Three Musketeers - On The Run 2013

Left to Right: Graham Abbey as Athos, Luke Humphrey as D’Artagnan, Jonathan Goad as Porthos and Mike Shara as Aramis in The Three Musketeers. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

I took my son to see the Three Musketeers at the Stratford Festival on Sunday and he enjoyed the production.

There were lessons even a youngster can learn: Some people will betray you and others will be loyal till death.

I try to strike a balance between warning my children about the dangers of the world, but at the same time, not scaring them from living life and certainly not teaching them to be wary of everything and everyone.

I think the Stratford production teaches this rather daftly. In between sword fights and lovers swooning, children (and there were plenty in an almost full house) subconsciously are getting the message that life is a mix of good and bad, justice isn’t always carried out and loyalty from a few is all we really need or should hope for.

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