Sword fight­ing in Alder­shot

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

Chris Whi­teoak AN144816_10

The Three Mus­ke­teers in Princes Gar­dens.

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