‘Engaging!... Steers smoothly between neo-Shakespearian parody and modern slang.’ - The Boston Globe
As part of Lewes Little Theatre’s main season, this Winter the Lewes Theatre Youth Group will present a production of The Legend of Robin Hood, a fun-filled family show by American dramatist and screenwriter Larry Blamire. This adaptation of the traditional Robin Hood tale is full of wittily entertaining characters, nail-biting sword fights and new-fangled twists that challenge and reinvent the beloved heroic legend. Blamire has cleverly combined myths and ballads about the infamous outlaw and created a highly amusing and fast-paced drama.
After their involvement in the death of a royal forester, Robin Hood, his best friend Will, and Marian find themselves on the hit list of the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. While looking for the supposed murderers, the sheriff’s men raid a pub in Lincolnshire and kidnap the beautiful Ellen Dierwald. The survivors of the raid soon become the Merry Men, and together they set out to steal taxes from right under the sheriff’s nose and distribute the treasure to the poor. All the while, King John plots against his mother, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, and conspires to invade France, an action that is sure to drain the kingdom of funds. A plot to murder Robin Hood is soon hatched and Ellen finds herself forced into an engagement with the evil sheriff. Will wise-cracking Robin and his Merry Men be able to stop King John’s invasion and the sheriff’s wedding in time?
Other cast members include Hilton, the sheriff’s serving girl; the aloof Bishop of Hereford and Robin Hood’s cousin, the Prioress of Kirklees. Audiences can expect a strong-willed and capable swordsperson in Marian, the trustworthy band of Sherwood Foresters, a not so little ‘Little John’, a sleazy Sheriff of Nottingham, the cowardly King John and a Robin who only by chance finds himself a hero. At the end of the day however and true to the legend, all ends well, with justice descending on England’s green and pleasant land.
The production is being directed by Tim Rowland and James Firth-Haydon, who have a varied cast of children filling the roles, some of whom are veterans at Lewes Theatre Youth Group whilst a number of them recently joined the Lewes Little Theatre’s young and aspiring performing arts crowd. The Legend of Robin Hood will be presented at Lewes Little Theatre in matinee and evening performances across two weekends, on 26 - 28 January and 2 - 4 February 2018.