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NEWS RELEASE No: 1599110 JULY 2013

All aboard for ‘Treasure Island’ at Alice Holt Forest: A Swashbuckling Family Musical!

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Cambridge Touring Theatre performing Treasure Island at Alice Holt

The Forestry Commission will welcome the Cambridge Touring Theatre and its lively and hilarious outdoor production of “Treasure Island” to Alice Holt Forest at 5.30pm on Wednesday 31 July.

Based on the book of Young Jim and Long John Silver, this brand new version for families includes songs, dances and interactive fun, all presented by a cast bursting with energy and enthusiasm.

The story begins as Jim and his young pirate friend Red Ruth find a map and set off for an island to find the treasure.  On the way, they learn that things are not always as they seem….

For children who want to get even more involved, the company offers a 45 minute drama workshop at 4pm at the Forest Classroom before the performance.  Here, children aged 5 to10 years can explore the story of “Treasure Island”, take part in their own seafaring adventures and meet some of the characters from the play.

Charlotte Magowan, Marketing Manager at the Forestry Commission’s Alice Holt site said:

“Outdoor theatre has become a real tradition at Alice Holt Forest.  It’s the perfect way for families to relax together over a picnic on a summer’s day as the action unfolds around them.  And nothing beats hearing the laughs and seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces as they join in all the fun!”

Families are welcome to come along from 4.30pm wearing their finest pirate outfits and bringing their own picnic tea.  Café on the Green will be open to provide snacks, drinks and ice creams for the performance.  Families are encouraged to make themselves comfortable by bringing rugs or low-backed seating for the show.

To book tickets for the performance please contact either the Farnham Maltings on 01252 745444 or 0843 208 0500.  Tickets cost £12 for adults, £9 for children or £38 for families with two adults and two children (under 3s free). To book on the children’s workshop (£3) call 01420 520212.

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Cambridge Touring Theatre

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Cambridge Touring Theatre has been touring professionally all over Britain since 2000. Every performance features 6 actors, a musician and a colourful stage which turns magically into inns, ports, ships and islands.  The performers - all trained actors with experience in family events - play with the original story and bring it to life for children of today. They sing, they dance, they steal sandwiches and they lose no opportunity to delight and entertain all ages.

This group of dedicated performers is headed up by Rosie Humphreys, who moved to Cambridge after working for the English National Opera in London. She has a passionate commitment to introducing theatre to families. “The reason why I started Cambridge Touring Theatre was as a result of seeing the joy experienced by my own children as they watched live theatre. ” she says. “Add a picnic and a rug and there’s no better way to spend a summer day.”

The Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission manages over 250,000 hectares (600,000 acres) of woodlands in England.  Most of this land is open for public access and the Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in the country. For further information visit

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.

For more information please contact:

Charlotte Magowan, Alice Holt Forest   

Forestry Commission    

01420 23666