Robin Hood & His Merry Men
by Bailes and Hales published 2003
Suitable for All Groups
A refreshing new take on the old legend, with Robin and his (very) camp followers, the Merry Men. It has two villains in the evil Prince John and the even eviller Sheriff of Nottingham, and an outrageous dame, Jemima Gusset. Add the authors' original lyrics to some well known songs(including two by Village People), and you have an hilarious mix of fun, music and adventure that is guaranteed to please. Plus, lots of cross-dressing!
Jim, a young girl, is desperate to join up with Robin Hood and become a Merry Man. Meanwhile the evil Sheriff is up to no good, raising taxes and imprisoning Jim's parents. He kidnaps Robin's sweetheart Maid Marian and determines to marry her. All of which sets up the glorious finale when the Merry Men conceive a cunning rescue plan.
Players: 4 Male, 4 Female, 5M/F Parts
Cast: Prince John, Sheriff of Nottingham, Jim (Gymkhana Thatch), Daisy, Guard Craig, Guard David, Jims Mum & Dad, Ellen-a-Dale, Will Scarlett, Little John, Friar Tuck, Robin Hood, Jemima Gusset, Maid Marian
Sets: 3 Main Sets
Period: Mediaeval England
Running Time: 2 hours
Notes: Production notes inc FX and musical numbers suggested.
Download Sample Script: Robin Hood & His Merry Men
By any criterion, it's a hoot!
Amateur Stage,, July 2003
The show exceeded all expectations. I was lucky enough to be able to cast the Merry Men with three characters that gelled beautifully. Will became camper with each rehearsal and performance, Little John became, if possible, thicker and Friar Tuck more unpredictable. Their scenes together were priceless and elevated them to comic heights. 'Let Me Incarcerate You' became a show-stopper of a number with the rest of the on stage cast performing as the backing group. All of the songs came over well and I couldn't see a dud part in any of the principal roles. I think that the authors deserve a round of applause for their creation, one that has provided our little group with many accolades and full houses. The purpose of the venture is to get families in the village involved, providing all of the expertise (except for the MD and one of the cast) from the village and at the same time raise money for the Village Hall Restoration Fund. All these have been accomplished, and as a debut Director, a feeling of great pride in the efforts of all of the participants. Now it's a case of what to do for next year!
Paul Green, Coaley ADS, Dursley, Glos