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ROBIN HOOD (article first published : 2007-10-9)

Listen up – followers of the annual adult pantomime - for a “Special Report by Reginald Crutchworthy (Esq.)”

Titled Robbery, Sex, Mayhem And Debauchery Plague Local Theatre! it starts with the words “It was a time of lawlessness and corruption,/ When honest decent folk lived in fear of thieves and brigands / When the gold-hungry wealthy oppressed the poor.

“It was in fact, a time a lot like ours...

Yes, boys and girls, after many years happily spent sullying the memory of our best loved fairytales, this year’s festive adult pantomime takes us back in time to the legendary green Sherwood Forest - before they smoked the green, ran a freeway through it and attempted to rename it after an obscure Libyan camel-breeder.

Of course, this being pantomime there’s bound to be more G-strings twanging than bow strings but, rest assured, the familiar faces will all be there. Friar Tuck (Thomie Holtzhausen) - yes folks, yet another clergyman who believes in drink, sex and the occasional bout of recreational robbery. Little John (Rowan Bartlett), the six foot serf every Durban Salt Water Girl dreams of, and naturally the beautiful self-made Maid Marion (Clare McIlroy – the sister of the bald, noble, prize-winning actor) and her lean green love-machine Robbin’ Robin of the Hood (Sean de Klerk - no relation of the bald Nobel prize winning politician)

Princess Joan of Collins (dressed by Hard Labia –Paris Hilton’s newest fashion label) is played by that evergreen ham of Renown, Anthony Stonier (make-up by Plaster of Paris, hair by Ted’s Discount Topiaries). He brings to this demanding role a voice like a nightingale (probably Florence, before the syphilis thing) a high kick like a deranged double-jointed giraffe and a pair of legs that have officially been designated a World Heritage Site (at least they attract three times more visitors than the Sterkfontein Caves).

This show has it all: a dazzlingly dirty script, saucy singalongs and timeless (well, they seem to last forever) songs in a classic tale of true love, good versus evil and the sheer joy of shooting sharp pointy things at other people – all this in a pristine forest setting with more bush than Paris, Lyndsay and Britney combined. This is a show that, like William Tell, you simply cannot afford to miss. Get your tickets now, because in a little while they’ll be rarer than a white Springbok!”

On a more serious note, Robin Hood offers the ideal corporate / festive season entertainment at block booking rates. There are dining and cocktail party options.

Robin Hood runs at the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg from October 23 to 27 before moving to Seabrooke’s Theatre at DHS where it will run from October 30 to December 31. All bookings and enquiries to 074 190 6239.




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