she first read the script.
She said: “There were absolutely some laugh out loud moments when I was reading it. There’s one point when Marian and Robin are doing some Zumba to try and get fit to fight the Sheriff of Nottingham. It’s a very funny story but sure enough good overcomes evil like in a panto.”
Being a Nottingham lass herself, Su said it was an honour to play the city’s most famous maiden.
“I just think it’s great,” Su said. “What an amazing coincidence. People will was cast because I’m from Nottingham but that’s not necessarily true, it’s just a nice coincidence.
“It’s nice that I know the story well too, and I think the audience like it more when they already know about the myth or legend, such as Robin Hood or Sherlock Holmes, I think the audience gets more involved in the story. They probably grew up with the story and it’s nice to already know something about the show.”
Su said she prefers performing on the stage as opposed to television.
She added: “You get feedback straight away and that’s why I prefer the theatre to television. Although you have an audience in the studio you don’t actually get feedback and you have to wait several weeks until it’s shown, whereas at the theatre it’s you and the audience on a journey together, which is nice.”
Su is urging people to go and see the show.
She said: “If you want something good, go and see Ha Ha Hood!”
The show will be at the Wycombe Swan on Sunday, September 7 at 7.30pm, Milton Keynes Theatre on Tuesday, September 16 at 7.30pm and Watford Colosseum on Wednesday, November 5 at 8pm. Tickets cost £16 to £26.90. Visit www.wycombeswan.co.uk, www. atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes or www. watfordcolosseum.co.uk or call the Wycombe Swan on 01494 512 000, Milton Keynes Theatre on 0844 871 7652 or Watford Colosseum on 0845 075 3993.
12A Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker, Benicio Del Toro and the voices of Bradlley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Josh Brolin
FROM its visually stunning opening set to the funky strains of Come And Get Your Love by Native American rock band Redbone, Guardians Of The Galaxy lends the Marvel Comics big screen universe a delightful retro twang.
The sardonic anti-hero is seldom parted from his Walkman and he inspires his cohorts to greatness with repeated references to Kevin Bacon and Footloose.
As the slick special effects attest, the budget for this intergalactic romp is big – and so too are the laughs, courtesy of director James Gunn and co-writer Nicole Perlman.
The opening sequence affectionately nods to Raiders Of The Lost Ark and when the mystery surrounding the film’s fabled treasure is revealed, the space cowboy casually notes the trinket has “a shiny suitcase, Ark of the Covenant, Maltese Falcon vibe”.
Gunn doesn’t skimp on the spectacle – if anything, a couple of the outlandish set pieces are too long – but he adds a comic twist to each deafening blast of pyrotechnics.
Thus a centrepiece prison break is underscored by Rupert Holmes’ 1979 hit Escape (The Pina Colada Song) and when the anti-hero barely escapes death in his spaceship and an extra-terrestrial girlfriend stumbles up from the hold, he looks at her with embarrassment and confesses: “I’m going to be honest with you. I forgot you were here.”
Abducted from his parents as a child and raised by thieves led by blue-skinned tyrant Yondu (Michael Rooker), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a thief for hire, who steals a mystical orb sought by sadistic warlord Ronan (Lee Pace) and his army of Sakaarans.
Peter evades Ronan’s clutches and eventually aligns himself with a motley crew of mercenaries comprising green-skinned assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), genetically engineered raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), his tree-like sidekick Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and vengeance-seeking warrior Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), whose entire family was slaughtered by Ronan.
When Peter learns the orb is an ancient artefact with the power to destroy the universe, he must put selfish desires to one side to repel Ronan and his underlings including fearsome intergalactic hunter Korath (Djimon Hounsou).
Guardians Of The Galaxy is a blast. Pratt brings swagger and dry wit to his emotionally wounded hero, while Saldana adds sass and sex appeal to her otherworldly assassin.
Bautista is marvellous as the hulk who takes everything literally – “Nothing goes over my head, my reflexes are too fast” – but almost every scene is stolen by the computer-generated double-act of Rocket and Groot.
Cooper voices his feisty gun-toting fur ball with a wonderful blend of defiance and sarcasm, and breaks our hearts when it seems that he might be separated from his beloved sidekick forever.
Cameos from Benicio Del Toro and Glenn Close hint at a wider canvas of political intrigue that director Gunn will be keen to explore in a sequel star-dated for release in 2017.
Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy; (below) with his fellow Guardians