Based on the legend of Robin Hood, new play “HOOD – The Legend Continues” will premiere at the Theatre Royal in September. In a unique collaboration, the Theatre Royal is joining forces with the regions leading touring theatre company, New Perspectives, and some of the region’s leading playwrights to create a new story that will take the most famous folklore hero through a century and a half of Nottingham’s history.
“HOOD – The Legend Continues” has been written by a writing team including James Graham, seen as Britain’s most talented new political playwright and screenwriter. His recent projects include the script for the British film “X+Y,” the book for Broadway musical “Finding Neverland” in collaboration with Gary Barlow, and “Coalition” – the drama for Channel 4 about the formation of the coalition government. James’ personal connections to the Theatre Royal and to Nottingham are significant, too, as he grew up in Nottinghamshire and also once worked at the theatre’s stage door as a university student.
The production will star Adam Morris, Ewen MacIntosh, Jonah Russell, Jasmine Blackborow, Ed Thorpe and Alex Bedward. Adam Morris, who also played Robin Hood in the much-loved children’s TV series, “Maid Marian and her Merry Men,” will play the Sheriff; whilst new talent Jasmine Blackborow will take the role of Marian. Ewen MacIntosh, playing Little John, is a best known for playing Keith, the accountant in The Office, and has also had roles in Little Britain, Miranda and Lead Balloon. Local Nottingham actor Jonah Russell will play Robin alongside Ed Thorpe as Alan-a-Dale and Alex Bedward as Scarlett.
James Graham is joined by award-winning writers Andy Barrett and Tim Elgood, emerging young writers Laura Lomas and Mufaro Makubika and the stage and screen writing team, Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon.
Robert Sanderson, Managing Director of the Theatre Royal Nottingham, said: “This new play will be the perfect showcase for our city’s remarkably talented creative community. We will see characters instantly recognisable as Robin Hood, Maid Marian, the Merry Men and the Sheriff of Nottingham – but each taking place in a different era and in a more modern setting. The writers’ individual styles have given these well-known characters an intriguingly fresh approach and the play as a whole brings the legend of Robin Hood, his feistiness and rebelliousness, bang up to date. I am very much looking forward to sharing it with our audiences when they see it on the Theatre Royal stage in September.”
“HOOD – The Legend Continues” will have its world premiere on Thursday 17th September 2015 at the Theatre Royal Nottingham and will run until Saturday 26th September.