The Ha Ha! team are back with a brand new comic romp, this time about Robin Hood. Camilla Goodman chats to Nottingham-born lass and well-known comedy icon Su Pollard about the show, playing Maid Marion and why the whole family will enjoy it
ATHEATRE company that turns well-known stories into productions has chosen the legendary Robin Hood as its next venture. Ha Ha Hood! And The Prince of Leaves is the latest laugh-out-loud production from the Ha Ha! team who had us rolling in the aisles with Ha Ha Holmes!, Ha Ha Hitler! and Ha Ha Hamlet!.
Created by Ben Langley, who also takes on the mantle of Robin, Ha Ha Hood! And The Prince of Leaves gallops into action at the Chelmsford Civic with a five night run in August before taking off on a 61-date national tour from September through November, at venues including the Wycombe Swan, Milton Keynes Theatre and Watford Colosseum.
Ten years after a messy divorce, Robin and Marian are forced back together to fight the Sheriff once more after he is released from prison and declares revenge on Robin and his merry men and vows to marry Maid Marion. Little John and Friar Tuck, now considerably older and rougher around the edges, join the merry pair to try and save the citizens of Nottingham.
Arguably Nottinghamshire’s feistiest female, Maid Marian, is played by Nottingham-born Su Pollard, who serves up a world-weary Marian – definitely more matron than maid. Tommy Cannon, from Cannon and Ball, takes on the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and Little John while Bobby Ball, currently starring in BBC1’s Not Going Out with Lee Mack, doubles up as Friar Tuck and Guy of Gisborne.
Rehearsals for the show began this week and Su, best known as playing scatty chalet maid Peggy in Hi-de-Hi, can’t wait to get stuck in. will feature their weekly sessions, which are on Wednesdays from 8.30pm.
August is a relatively quiet month on the local jazz scene, with only Jazz in the Barn and Amersham Jazz Club presenting weekly gigs. Va Pensiero will have Mike Piggott and pals at their Beaconsfield restaurant on Monday, August 11, but both Marlow Jazz Club and Berkhamsted Jazz will be quiet, the latter starting its new season in September and Marlow getting off the ground again in September with the exciting pairing of veteran Peter King on alto and Simon Spillett on tenor.