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Robin Hood and the Arrow of Destiny

“Fun, if a little confused, family-orientated panto”

This year, Theatre Peckham’s seasonal offering is a retelling of Robin Hood. Originated by Richard Hurford and Rob Castell for York Theatre Royal in 2017, this updated musical version of the classic tale weaves together English myths and legends with dollops of Hamilton and Hairspray.

The wooded set aids the performance and has some lovely touches including a talking tree and the use of fairy lights to highlight solo performances.

Ayanna Christie-Brown stars as Maid Marion – the real hero – a cross-dressing leader with a perfect shot, looking for the saviour of Nottingham when it is her all along. She is on the hunt for the legendary Robin Hood (Malachi Green), who turns out to be useless despite all her hopes.

Home-grown talent Gustavo Navarro stands out as the bumbling Guy of Gisborne, bringing just the right amount of ham. Geoff Aymer also brings in the laughs as Friar Tuck – drunkenly attempting to protect his band of child villagers against the, somewhat lack-lustre, Sheriff of Nottingham (Ray Newe). There is some real talent among the child cast – with some excellent singing and dancing sequences.

The questionable addition of a serpent to the classic good-over-evil plot – although an impressive puppet – adds very little. Following the tale is a challenge, but it is good fun and the themes of social justice and finding one’s voice are clear.https://www.thestage.co.uk/pantomime/

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Production Details
Production nameRobin Hood and the Arrow of Destiny
VenueTheatre Peckham
StartsDecember 4, 2018
EndsDecember 22, 2018
Running time1hr 50mins
AuthorRichard Hurford
ComposerRob Castell
LyricistRob Castell
DirectorSuzann Mclean
ChoreographerTamara Mckoy-Patterson
Fight directorJonathan Holby
Set designerLily Faith Knight
CastAyanna Christie-Brown, Geoff Aymer, Gustavo Navarro, Malachi Green, Ray Newe, Terriann Oudjar
ProducerTheatre Peckham
VerdictFun, if a little confused, family-orientated panto where children rival adults for star-quality
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