13 July 2014

15.30 (gates open 14.30)

Tickets £15 / £13 concs / £5 Edge Hill University students / Family ticket: £52 (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children)

Summer’s finally here, the sun is bound to shine, and that means only one thing – open air theatre time at The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University, and this year the beautiful setting of the Rock Garden will become Sherwood Forest for the day. Spend time in the company of Robin Hood and his merry men as they take aim at the dastardly plans of the Sheriff of Nottingham, Prince John and their henchmen.

An arrest warrant is issued for Robert Fitzooth, Earl of Huntingdon, for disrupting the peace on the day of his marriage to Marian Fitzwater. But he evades capture and hides out in Sherwood Forest with a band of outlaws, adopting the name Robin Hood.  They display all manner of derring-do as they battle evil forces in the name of good King Richard in their quest to return the wealth to the people.

Adapted from ballads that pre-date Chaucer, the show is written in fast-moving, easy-to-follow verse, with well-loved characters such as Little John and Friar Tuck making welcome appearances.

First performed in 2007, this remains one of Illyria’s most popular productions. You’ll laugh, you’ll probably cry, you might even sing along – but the archery competition involving the entire audience will certainly hit the target.

So pack a picnic of wild boar and a flagon of mead, kick back and enjoy these tales of camaraderie and riotous swashbuckling, a comic rhapsody in Lincoln green.

Suitable for all ages 5+.

This is an outdoor production. In case the sun doesn’t have its hat on, please dress for the weather – and bring a low-backed chair or rug to sit on.

Complementary refreshments are provided, but please bring a picnic if you wish.