Robin Hood (Blamire)

by  Larry Blamire

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  14m, 7f

Blamire has synthesized the conflicting legends and ballads about the outlaw folk hero and created a hysterical, sprawling, action-packed drama.

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Robin Hood (Blamire)

by  Larry Blamire

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    14m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adventure
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Blamire has synthesized the conflicting legends and ballads about the outlaw folk hero into a hysterical, sprawling, action-packed drama. He has created roles that challenge and reinvent the myth has he ably retells the tale. This includes a wise-cracking, superior swordsperson 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of course, all ends well: The Sheriff’s sleazy scheme to wed and bed young Ellen fizzles, King John’s vicious taxes are rescinded, the Sherwood Foresters are finally legitimized, and justice descends on England’s green and pleasant land.

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Reviews

"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." - 4Wall.com

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Medieval (6th-14th c.)
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

14m, 7f

WILL GAMWELL (LATER SCARLET)
ROBIN HOOD
MARIAN HARPER
RICCON HAZEL
THE SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM
THE BISHOP OF HEREFORD
HILTON, THE SHERIFF'S FEMALE ATTENDANT
KING JOHN
LITTLE JOHN MUCH
ARTHUR-A-BLAND
MEG SCATHELOCKE
ALAN-A-DALE
ELLEN DEIRWOLD
EADOM
CATHERINE
QUEEN ELEANOR OF AQUITANE
FRIAR TUCK
THE PRIORESS OF KIRKLEES
GUY OF GISBOURNE
VARIOUS OF THE KING'S FORESTERS, MUSICIANS, AND COMMON FOLK

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Larry Blamire

Larry Blamire is a playwright, director, actor and artist. Plays include Jump Camp, In the Nations, and Interface (all directed by him, all making Year's Best lists of the Boston papers) and his Irish play Whyo, which received a grant from the Artists Founda ...

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Larry Blamire's Robin Hood premiered at the Open Door Theatre, summer, 1983. It was directed by Michael Poisson.

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