On an icy night in December we braved the weather and headed over to see this years pantomime at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.
Having returned to Stafford’s Gatehouse Theatre in 2012, Robin Hood and The Babes in the Wood continues the rock ‘n’ roll Panto theme which enhances the traditional slap stick affair.
The production team behind this years show are the same as for last years, Aladdin, featuring Rob Simon as director, Craig Adams as musical director and Verity Bray taking the lead for choreography.
The Stafford Gatehouse theatre is a lovely little theatre venue and this intimacy is immediately present as the characters come around to say hello before the performances. All over the theatre children were excitedly saying their names ages and what they wanted for Christmas!
The multi-talented cast tell the story of Robin Hood and his mission to outfox the evil Sheriff of Nottingham who has captured “The Babes” for their fathers gold.
Being a rock ‘n’ roll panto the show is packed with sing along classics such as The Hippy Hippy Shake, I Shot the Sheriff, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Kiss, Born to Run and Signed, Sealed, Delivered to name but a few.
The cast take on various roles throughout the panto and demonstrate their amazing talents as they switch from acting, to singing, to dancing and to playing a whole host of different instruments, listen out for the kazoos!
The lead of Robin Hood goes to Sandy Grigelis with Anthony Hunt being cast as the villain, The Sherrif of Nottingham.
You can’t have panto without a Dame and once again Steve Simmods takes on this role, this time playing Nanny Nelly Nightnurse. Serving up classic one-line gags Nanny Nelly Nightnurse has the audience laughing along.
The rest of the cast deliver a witty, tuneful and polished performance, complete with the obligatory smattering of panto innuendo!
Robin Hood and The Babes in the Wood is a brilliant family show that will have everyone laughing, singing and clapping along.
Tickets are priced at £20 adult, £15.50 concessions and £66 family with school and group discounts available via the box office only.
Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk