The Love of Four Colonels

Definition

Theater

  • Peter Ustinov's fantasy on the Sleeping Beautytheme. It was first produced in 1951 in London with Ustinov in theleading role. The plot involves four colonels from the British, US,French, and Soviet occupying forces in Germany, all of whom are vyingfor possession of a castle in the village of Herzogenburg. Insideis a sleeping beauty, and they are invited by fairies to change intodifferent forms to win her heart. The Englishman becomes an Elizabethanpoet, the American an evangelist, the Frenchman a gallant, and theRussian a Chekhovian uncle. Mischief by the fairies ensures that allfour prove unsuccessful suitors.
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