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The Three Musketeers

August 16, 2014
The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

playing to packed crowds

playing to packed crowds

playing to packed crowds

playing to packed crowds

Open Air Theatre production of The Three Musketeers in the bandstand in Aldershot.

Not what quite what you’d expect in Aldershot, Castle Grounds Guildford yes, Aldershot no. And yet, it was packed, far more people, probably ten times as many as Aldershot Live Music Day attracts. But then Aldershot Live Music day is pretty dire and has zilch publicity.

A very amateurish production, that is not intended as a critical comment, what I would have expected of an Elizabethan production in the yard of an inn.

The production was by Boxtree Productions, a touring company. Their web page showing a production at Theatre of Dionysus at The Acropolis in Athens. Yeah, right.

Why was it packed? Maybe, in the cultural desert of Aldershot (exception being the excellent West End Centre), it was like offering a dying man in the desert water.

Let us hope this becomes a regular event, theatre groups, touring or otherwise, being invited to to put on a production. Why not link up with the groups who perform in the Castle Grounds in Guildford during the Guildford Summer Festival, to give a performance, similarly those who perform at the Guildford Fringe. Ironically, there was a far larger crowd than I have seen at performances in Guildford Castle Grounds attract.

All very odd. Aldershot has its surprises.


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