Walking into the auditorium at Redgrave Theatre in Bristol and looking at the stage, I thought “that’s a great looking Sherwood Forest”. On closer inspection, I was wowed! Rather than a standard set, the trees have been created using old clothes in different shades of green. There’s also a chandelier made of bras.
The items for the eco-friendly construction were donated by Tenovus Cancer Care and Against Breast Cancer. We thought it was brilliant so the students of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School got top marks before the show had even started!
Robin Hood and Marian
The classic story of stealing from the rich to give to the poor has been told many times, but Robin Hood and Marian is a welcome fresh take on the swashbuckling adventure.
Marian is given top billing in this festive family show and Melina Sinadinou plays her brilliantly. Samuel Bell is great too as Robin Hood.
There are jokes-a-plenty to keep the big and littles ones entertained with the performances by Anna Murphy as the feisty Young Much and Ephraim Sampson as Tuck plus a venison pasty themed yarn that runs throughout the show particularly laughter-inducing.
There are some wonderfully operated puppets too and a fab scene involving a large sheet but we won’t give away more than that.
The cast deliver several foot-tapping songs in impressive fashion as the goodies outwit the baddies led by Queen Eleanor (Zoe Doughty) and Prince John (Kerr Louden).
Robin Hood and Marian is a fast-paced, funny and entertaining adventure that the whole family will enjoy. We recommend a trip to Redgrave Theatre to get your festive season off to a great start.
Robin Hood and Marian is at Redgrave Theatre until 2 December. It is recommended for ages 7+.