Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Medieval (6th-14th c.)
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Stage Combat
Interior Set, Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Outdoor, Large Stage
Blamire has synthesized the conflicting legends and ballads about the outlaw folk hero and created a hysterical, sprawling, action-packed drama. Besides ably retelling the legend, he has created roles that challenge and reinvent the myth. Includes a wise-cracking, superior swords person in Marian, and a Robin who only by chance finds himself a hero. But true to the legend, of course, all ends well: The Sheriff's sleazy scheme to wed and bed young Ellen fizzles, King John's vicious taxes are rescinded, the Sherwood Foresters are finally legitimized, and a justice descends on England's green and pleasant land.
"Engaging!... Blamire's technical skill is obvious - the language steers smoothly between neo-Shakespearian parody and modern slang; the characters are vividly drawn... recommended for its ambitiousness and the engaging liveliness of the performance..." - The Boston Globe
"Blamire's tongue-in-cheek script alternates between parody and pastiche... It's to Blamire's credit that he works hard to deromanticize the Robin Hood myth." - The Boston Herald
"Larry Blamire... indulges in and makes fun of the stilted dialogue found in tiresome historical novels and adventure films." - 4-Wall.com
Larry Blamire's Robin Hood premiered at the Open Door Theatre, summer, 1983. It was directed by Michael Poisson.