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Robin Hood (Grose)

Full-Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  7w, 8m

With lashing of humour, heart, and a forest full of secrets, Carl Grose spins a thrilling new take on the classic tale.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    7w, 8m
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adventure, Fables/Folktales
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Details

Summary

Think you know the story of Robin Hood? Think again.

Marian’s drunk, Much the miller’s depressed, Little Joan and Mary Tuck are at loggerheads, the sheriff’s bitten off more than he can chew and young Woodnut wants bloody revenge on those who took her mother’s life.

There’s also a mysterious hooded figure who might just be a hero to the poor and a terror to the rich... but who are they?

With lashing of humour, heart, and a forest full of secrets, Carl Grose spins a thrilling new take on the classic tale. Expect the arrows to fly in a bold new direction as trickery and truth collide with wild results!

Carl Grose is the writer behind such plays as Grand Guignol, The Kneebone Cadillac and 49 Donkeys Hanged, as well as Kneehigh hits Hansel & Gretel, The Tin Drum and Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs). He also wrote the book and co-lyrics for the cult West End musical The Grinning Man.

“This is how to rewrite a legend. A must see.” – The Guardian

History
Robin Hood was commissioned by and first performed at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London on 23 June 2023.
MARIAN
WOODNUT
THE BALLADEER – aka JENNY MUCH
LITTLE JOAN
MARY TUCK
WILL SCATLOCKE
BOB MUCH
BALDWYN
SIMPKINS
THE KING
BETTY
GISBURNE – a head-hunter
THREE ROBIN HOODS
BARONS BONEWEATHER, BRASSWILT & BRICKBROKE
VILLAGERS
THE SHERIFF’S MEN – (Baldwyn’s troops)
A CHEST FULL OF SEVERED FINGERS
  • Setting At the castle, the village, the forest and the underground.
  • Features Fantasy Costumes
  • Additional Features Stage Combat
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes

Media

“With anarchic comedy, songs and merry gender twists in Carl Grose’s version, the folk hero of Sherwood Forest blazes a fresh trail of must-see summer fun.” — The Guardian

“Rumbustious, ambitious and enjoyable entertainment.” — The i

“Delirious evening of summery fun.” — The Stage

“Extremely fun postmodern spin on the story of the legendary outlaw.” — TimeOut

“Exhilarating, enthralling and entertaining.” — LondonTheatre1

“The story of Robin Hood has been re-told countless times, but this version feels truly original and, even though the origins of this story are debated, authentic and believable.” — The UpComing

Licensing & Materials

  • Minimum Fee: £70 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Authors

Carl Grose

Carl Grose’s plays include: Grand Guignol, Superstition Mountain, Gargantua, Horse Piss For Blood, The Kneebone Cadillac and 49 Donkeys Hanged. For twenty-six years he worked with the internationally acclaimed Cornish theatre company, Kneehigh, as writer, actor and co-arti ...
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