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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

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

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.

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