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NEWS RELEASE No: 165053 JUNE 2015

A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes to Alice Holt Forest

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A midsummer nights dream

One of Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedies is coming to the heart of a Surrey forest this summer with an open-air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Hosted by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company on Friday 19 June, The Forestry Commission’s Alice Holt Forest, Farnham, will provide the magical backdrop to this enchanting stage production, which is touring across the UK to some of the country’s most beautiful open air venues.

The famous story is a tale of love and obsession, jealousy and magic. It takes place in an enchanted forest as four young lovers and a group of amateur actors cross the paths of some mischievous woodland fairies.

Hermia is in love with Lysander but her father wants her to marry Demetrius. To escape the arranged marriage, she and Lysander elope into the woods. Demetrius follows them and is pursued by Helena, who nurses an unrequited passion for him. A love quadrangle develops among the young lovers when mischievous Puck plays Cupid. Meanwhile, a group of amateur actors rehearse a badly-written play in the woods and soon all find their lives changed by the doings of Oberon and Titania, the warring king and queen of the fairies.

Alive with magnificent Elizabethan costumes, wonderful Tim Burton-inspired sets, enchanting woodland puppet creatures and a musical score composed especially for Shakespeare’s beautiful language, this production is not to be missed and will be enjoyed by the whole family.

Julian Williams, from the Forestry Commission, Alice Holt Forest, added:

“We’re excited to be hosting this outdoor production of one of the Bard’s most popular plays. Open-air theatre makes the experience even more memorable and the stunning backdrop of Alice Holt Forest is particularly perfect for this production.”

Tickets cost Adult £14, Child £10, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £42; there is a 10% discount for parties of 10 or more. Gates open at 5.30pm. Visitors to the production are asked to bring their own rugs or low-backed seating.

To buy tickets and for more information, please contact Farnham Maltings on 01252 745444 /, See Tickets on 0871 220 0260 / and Cafe on the Green.

The duration of the show is 2 hours, plus interval. Gates will open at 5.30pm and the performance starts at 6.30pm.

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Notes to editors:The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for forestry in Great Britain. It supports woodland owners with grants; tree felling licences, regulation and advice; promotes the benefits of forests and forestry; and advises Government on forestry policy. It manages more than a million hectares (2.5 million acres) of national forest land for public benefits such as sustainable timber production, public recreation, nature conservation, and rural and community development. For more information, visit

In 2015, Chapterhouse is performing in over 150 of Britain and Ireland’s most beautiful and idyllic garden settings.

Media Contacts:

Pippa Hanson at Camargue PR, tel 01242 577277 or email

Lisa Pearce at the Forestry Commission, tel 0300 067 4634.