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Cast announced for Robin Hood Christmas production at Bristol Old Vic

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Casting has been announced for Bristol Old Vic’s upcoming Christmas production Robin Hood: Legend of the Forgotten Forest.

The venue will be teaming up with The Wardrobe Ensemble on the production which is a fresh spin on the legendary Christmas favourite.

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The cast includes Wardrobe Ensemble founders Kerry Lovell (Robin Hood), Tom England (Will Scarlet), James Newton (Sheriff of Nottingham), and Jesse Meadows (Friar Tuck).

They are joined by Dorian Simpson in the role of JJ and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate (and Peter O’Toole Prizewinner) Katja Quist as Marian. Music is composed and performed live by Tom Crosley-Thorne.

When a 21st century kid slips through a crack in the time-space continuum, they crash into the middle of an epic fight between good and evil. It’s Sherwood Forest. The 12th century. An uneasy time of cunning thieves, dastardly villains and karaoke-singing monks. When the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham sets in motion his vicious plan for ultimate power, it’s up to Robin Hood and the Merry Crew to pull off their toughest mission yet. Can they defeat the Sheriff before it’s too late and the forest is lost forever?

Robin Hood.. joins the long tradition at Bristol Old Vic of creating theatrical magic at Christmas – working with the most exciting talent in Bristol. It’s a recipe that has paid off; with West End transfers such as Tom Morris’ Swallows and Amazons and Sally Cookson’s Peter Pan, to box office record-breakers like Lee Lyford’s A Christmas Carol, Bristol Old Vic family shows have always been the theatre’s opportunity to showcase the brilliance of local talent and share it with the wider world too.

The production will be directed by Tom Brennan and Helena Middleton, music by Tom Crosley-Thorne, set & costume design by Anna Orton, lighting design by Joshua Gadsby and sound design by Beth Duke.

Playing from 25 November 2021 to 8 January 2022, tickets are on sale now via bristololdvic.org.uk. The production will include two guaranteed socially-distanced performances each week for those who need them.

Bristol Old Vic Artistic Director, and Christmas super-fan, Tom Morris said: “We love Christmas at Bristol Old Vic. Since the golden age of King Street Pantos in the 1870s, people of every age and from every part of Bristol have come to the theatre together, often with three or four generations in a single booking.

“This creates the most wonderful atmosphere throughout the building, and it’s inspiring for artists too, who create some of their most magical work. Two years ago, Lee Lyford and Gwyneth Herbert created our wonderful Christmas Carol. A few years before, Sally Cookson stole all our hearts with her magical Peter Pan. And this year we are delighted to be working with the dazzling Wardrobe Ensemble to bring you a perfect family Christmas retelling of Robin Hood. Prepare for a night out so overflowing with joy you’ll still be chucking about it in June!”

Hannah Smith, Producer for The Wardrobe Ensemble added: “Christmas shows at Bristol Old Vic are some of our first memories of theatre, so being given the chance to create a new one is an absolute dream come true. We are so excited to get into the rehearsal room and get started. We’ve got an amazing team of old and new collaborators all working their socks off to make Robin Hood.. a Christmas show for the ages.”

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