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Robin Hood Comes To Saint Albans

wolf-001Above you see a trailer (excellently produced by Carrie McCracken) for Wolf’s Head: A Tale of Robin Hood and the Sheriff, a play opening this weekend at the Alban Arts Center in Saint Albans.

Based on the ancient ballads of Robin Hood, this stage premiere was adapted by John Johnson, who does double duty as the Sheriff of Nottingham.  Our old pal Kevin Pauley takes on the role of Robin Hood, and a cast of the area’s finest accompanies the titular duo.  Robin Hood is a major literary character, and perhaps the first great hero in the fight for income equality. The time is ripe for us to hear his story again.

For more details we go to the description from the Facebook event page: “Sometimes when a greater evil comes along, you find that your allies aren’t always who you might expect. Many films, stories, plays, and songs have explored the story of Robin Hood. This play explores more the relationship of Robin and the Sheriff of Nottingham, based on history and the ballads of days gone by. Expect good nature fun, sword play, and honor in this play. ”

Brian Kidd directs, from Johnson’s script, and the fight choreography is handled by William Rouse.  You can see some behind-the-scenes footage of the battle staging below…

wolf-002You can see Wolf’s Head: A Tale of Robin Hood and the Sheriff beginning Friday at the Alban Arts Center, located on Main Street in Saint Albans. Showtimes are 8 PM Friday and Saturday with a 2 PM matinee on Sunday. The show runs for the next two weekends, and tickets can be purchased at the door or online.  Admission is fifteen dollars for adults, ten dollars for children and seniors.

This is the latest from Astral Theatre Collective, and looks to be another fine entry in their growing catalog of contemporary adaptations of literary classics.  They always manage to preserve the integrity of the original works while finding creative ways to bring the classics to the stage in a way that appeals to modern audiences.

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1 Comment

  1. Jim-Bob Williams

    Thank you for your article!

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