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Robin Hood review at Devonshire Park Eastbourne

For this polished world premier new show Chris Jordan has included numerous fresh ideas and plenty of banter for an experienced cast.

Karen Mann opens as the witch-like Morgiana, her son being the Sheriff of Nottingham played big by John Altman. Children know how to treat them.

Carl Patrick as Will Scarlett is thoroughly funny, accomplished and never still. The kids know him – whatever he calls himself this year – they bond and set the pace.

Tracey Penn has a wide range, plenty of class and sings a strong On the Edge.

After watching a film of much loved Dame Double-Top (Martyn Knight) riding a horse, he then appears on stage as the rear of Dave Wonder Horse. He makes 12 costume changes, the best being a crinoline covered in insects and another as a Christmas pudding.

David Alder is Friar Tuck, Nicholas Colicos is Little John, Francesca Leyland is Maid Marion and Ray Griffiths plays Much. They all sing and dance with the ensemble.

Production numbers are exceptionally slick, such as Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, We’re in the Money and the wonderful rainy finale when they twist and boogie themselves into a roaring Proud Mary with MD Sarah Travis.

Production Information

Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, December 9-January 15

Author/director
Chris Jordan
Producer
Eastbourne Theatres
Cast includes
John Altman, Martyn Knight, Carl Patrick, Tracey Penn, Karen Mann, David Alder
Running time
2hrs 45mins

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