Robin Hood at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
Sunday 3 November 2019
Off-West End - Panto - Shows
Expect festive family fun on the menu from 28 November when Queen's Theatre Hornchurch gets its traditional Christmas panto spectacular underway.
Image courtesy Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
Panto season is about to get underway in ernest this month right across the capital at London's theatres.
And there's a lot on offer with old favourites like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Dick Whittington, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk, Mother Goose on offer in around 100 pantos and Christmas shows we currently have listed (find them all here).
Queen's Theatre Hornchurch have opted this year for Robin Hood to provide all the necessary ingredients for their traditional panto spectcular.
Running from 28 November through to 5 January, Robin Hood is written by Andrew Pollard and directed by Queen's Theatre's artistic director, Douglas Rintoul.
Featuring a cast of actor-musicians, this panto will sparkle with the medlodic notes of hits from across the decades and, of course, will involve the compulsory audience participation we've all come to know and love, all mixed with a large dollop of laugh out loud family silliness.
John Barr, who garnered rave reviews for his turn as Dame Dotty Trott in the venue's 2018 version of Jack and the Beanstalk, returns as Nanny Fanny, Maid Marian's hilarious nurse.
Mr Barr commented ...
"I am overjoyed to be returning to Queen's Theatre Hornchurch in Robin Hood, it's a fantastic theatre and I can't wait to see all the boys and girls, mums and dads, nannies and grandads again this Christmas!"
During the run of Robin Hood, the theatre will be presenting some accessible performances with a dementia-friendly performance on 2 January at 1.30pm and a relaxed performance at 5.30pm (for people who would benefit from a quieter environment including those with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders or a learning disability).
There will also be an audio-described performance on Saturday 4 January at 2pm.
We're told that tickets are flying out of the box office as fast as Robin's arrows, so you may want to get a move on to secure your seats for this frivolous festive fun (booking link below).
Deep in the heart of his foreboding Castle, the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham is taxing the poor to pile up his gold, whilst imprisoning brave Maid Marian and her hilarious Nurse Nellie.
But the Sheriff hasn't banked on our arrow slinging hero Robin emerging from Sherwood Forest to target the hand of Marion and outwit the villain's plans.
Can Robin save the day with a little help from his band of Friar Tuck and plucky Merry Folk?
After the giant success of 2018's Jack and the Beanstalk, this swash buckling actor musician panto, is twanging to the beats of pop hits from across the decades, traditional audience participation and laugh out loud family silliness.
Hit the bulls eye this Christmas, with a festive fix of all your favourite theatrical treats.
Phil Adèle - Robin
John Barr - Dame Nanny Fanny
Ruth Brotherton - Little John
Jessica Brydges - Will Scarlet
Lawrence Cole - Sheriff
Georgina Field - Morgana
Barbara Hockaday - Maid Marian
Robert Took - Friar Tuck
Elian West - Eweniss
Author: Andrew Pollard
Director: Douglas Rintoul
Designer: Richard Foxton
Musical direction: Tom Self
Choreography: Sundeep Saini
Lighting: Stephen Pemble
Sound: Paul Falconer
Production: Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
From: Thursday 28 November 2019
Closes: Sunday 5 January 2020
Standard: £12.50 - £32 (+65p QNew Transformation Fee)
ActDrop full listing for Robin Hood