Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood to be Nottingham Playhouse’s 2012 panto

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He’s back! The legendary Kenneth Alan Taylor returns to the stage as Nurse Nelly Noggins in his 29th pantomime at Nottingham Playhouse, to be supported by E.ON.

Today Nottingham Playhouse welcomed guests to the leafy surroundings of Wellington Circus to meet the evil Sheriff of Nottingham for the first time in his magnificent new costume and hear from Kenneth Alan Taylor who has now written and directed 29 pantomimes for Nottingham Playhouse, making him one of the most prolific living pantomime playwrights in England. On returning to the stage, Kenneth said:

“I know I said I would hang up the dress after appearing as Widow Twankey in 2008’s Aladdin, but whilst writing this wonderful new version of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, I confess the urge to don some frocks, high heels, make-up and a pair of heart shaped specs came right back to me. My youngest grand-children are also now the perfect age to experience pantomime and I am thrilled to be able to take to the stage again so they can see their Granddad in all his dame glory!”

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood tells the story of the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, played by Playhouse favourite John Elkington, who has hatched a cunning plan to ‘dispose’ of his niece and nephew so that he can inherit their fortune. But out to thwart his plans is everyone’s favourite outlaw, Robin Hood, who aims to win the heart of the beautiful Maid Marian in the process.

Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse and Giles Croft, Artistic Director are delighted that Kenneth is returning to the stage this year:

“Panto is all about surprises and we were delighted with the surprise Kenneth sprung on us last year when he said he wanted to come back and perform. Through the pantomime, Kenneth has entertained tens of thousands of people over the years and has helped cement our reputation for family friendly pantomime at its best.”

E.ON announced that they are delighted to be the official sponsor of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood. On supporting the pantomime, Jeremy Davies, Marketing Director at E.ON, said:

“Hopefully it will come as no surprise to theatre lovers that E.ON is a company with its roots in greater Nottingham; whether it’s Ratcliffe power station, our brand new offices at Trinity House or our thousands of colleagues who live and work here.

“Alongside our work to get people ‘energy fit’ it’s important to us that we offer our customers something a little bit extra so I’m thrilled we can work with the Playhouse on providing seasonal fun for families whilst bringing added benefits to our customers such as discount tickets and competition prizes.”

Stephanie Sirr said: “Everyone at the Playhouse is immensely grateful to E.ON for their magnificent support of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, surely Nottingham’s ultimate pantomime. We look forward to working with them to bring world-class family entertainment to as wide an audience as possible.”

Filled with crazy slapstick jokes, song and dance routines, stunning costues, lots of audience interaction and spectacular sparkly sets, Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood will give families all over the chance to join Robin, Nurse Nelly Noggins and hundreds, yes hundreds of Merry Men on their biggest adventure so far.

At the launch Nottingham Playhouse gave details of their summer-long golden arrow hunt which will take place between May Day and December 1st and will see 50 golden arrows hidden all over the county of Nottinghamshire and others areas of the ancient Sherwood Forest area. Each finder of a golden arrow will win themselves a family ticket to the pantomime.

For audiences that use Twitter they will have the opportunity to decide whether they are rooting for the good guy by using #teamrobin or would actually like to see the Sheriff get his hands on his niece and nephew’s inheritance by using #teamsheriff.

Guests also enjoyed the opportunity to take part in archery.

Dates: 30 November 2012–19 January 2013.

Venue: Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AF.

Tickets: £19-£26.50, Family Ticket £65 (Four people, max two adults, valid Mon – Thu excluding 20th December 2012 – 6th January 2013.

Box Office: 0115 941 9419

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