Sword fighting in Aldershot
THE first ever open-air theatre performance at Aldershot's Princes Gardens took place in front of hundreds of spectators.
The Three Musketeers was performed in the Princes Gardens Community Bandstand as part of Rushmoor Borough Council's summer schedule of music and activities in the town centre.
Actors from Box Tree Productions, a Suffolk-based group that formed at the start of this year, took on the roles of d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis in front of picnickers and passers-by in their inaugural show.
The group used a tent as their backstage area and played music through a PA system to add atmosphere.
They have already played in venues around the country, including Hedingham Castle in Essex, and are due to perform at Ickworth House in Suffolk in the near future.
James Franklin, who owns the company and has appeared in the past three Christmas pantomimes at the Princes Hall, said: “The weather was really good.
“There were a few clouds about but it was really nice and warm and we were really pleased with the turnout. We think there were about 350400 people there.
“Some people wandered in and sat down and others came fully prepared with food. Some people just bought a Subway.”
Mr Franklin will be appearing in this year's pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in the Princes Hall.
He said next year's openair show would be Around the World in 80 Days and that he would like to bring it to Princes Gardens next summer and make it an annual event.
The Three Musketeers in Princes Gardens.