Thurs 26th - Sat 28th November & Tues 1st - Sat 5th December 1992
Directed by Ingrid Corrigan and Peter Corrigan
Sshh... don't tell anyone but Robin Hood can't shoot arrows for toffee!! How will he save England from the evil Sir Guy and the wicked Morgana? Come along and help with some booing and cheering in this hilarious version of the familiar story.
This particular version of Robin Hood was first produced in 1990 at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London, where Prior was writer in residence. Like many of Prior's pantomimes of the era, it was hailed as an outstanding production, ranking alongside and above the more lavish "celebrity-studded" pantos staged by other more lucrative companies. A pantomime based on the classic tale of the outlaw who steals from the rich to give to the poor, it contains all the characters from the popular folk tale - plus a few extra ones invented by the author. The twist is that this particular Robin Hood is a rotten shot and hopeless with a bow and arrow.
This play was staged at Havant Arts Centre, East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977. Being the first amateur company to stage this show, Bench theatre were able to hire some of the costumes and props from the original Stratford production. We were also lucky enough to be able to welcome the author to the final performance.
|Robin Hood||Jamie McDonald|
|Widow Hood||Rita de Bunsen|
|Maid Marian||Jane Acres|
|Sheriff of Nottingham||David Penrose|
|Jeffroi De Teare||Russell Levent|
|Guy De Guisbourne||Vincent Adams|
|Morgana Le Fay||Jane Blunden|
|Simon/Little John||Simon Norton|
|Ethelwulf/Friar Tuck||John O'Hanlan |
|Egbert/Alan A'Dale||Tim Taylor|
|Ethelbert/Will Scarlett||Peter Minchell|
|Hooded Stranger||Russell Levent|
|Skeletons||Rachelle Inwood |
Men at Arms
|Andy Ingle |
|Directors||Ingrid Corrigan |
|Stage Manager||Aislinn D'Souza|
|Lighting Design||Jacquie Penrose|
|Lighting Operation||Sharon Taylor|
|Musical Director||Rob Richards|
Rita de Bunsen
|Fight Arranger||Paul Bensing|
|Set Design||David Penrose|
|Set Construction||David Hemsley-Brown|
|House Managers||Pete Woodward |
In the years after the Norman conquest in 1066 many a Saxon found himself an outlaw for breaking the rules laid down by the Normans. One such Saxon seems to have been a man called Robin Hood who lived with a band of men in Sherwood Forest near the town of Nottingham. In those days green forests covered most of the country of England so a lot of modern towns claim Robin Hood lived near them. However it is Nottingham and its wicked Sheriff who appear in most of the stories about Robin Hood.
There are lots and lots of different versions of this legend. Most of them claim that Robin had been born the Earl of Huntingdon and became and outlaw because he lost or had stolen his money and his lands. All the stories (except ours) agree the outlaws were wonderfully good shots with the bow and arrow but the best of them all was their leader, Robin Hood. All the other outlaws appear in the legends, Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlett and Alan A Dale. You will also find Maid Marian and Sir Guy of Gisbourne in nearly all the stories as well.
Two of the main characters in our story you won't find in any Robin Hood legend. They are Esmerelda and Morgana Le Fay. Patrick Prior, the writer, chose to put those characters in this story himself. Morgana, the evil witch, is a name he obviously borrowed from another famous legend about a King and a sword in a stone. Do you know which one?
Enjoy our version of Robin Hood!!
Ingrid Corrigan and Peter Corrigan