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Robin Hood The Pantomime

£12.50 – £52.50

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Date:
December 22, 2023
Time:
6:00 pm
Cost:
£12.50 – £52.50
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Venue

The Exchange
75 London Rd
Twickenham, London TW1 1BE United Kingdom
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Phone:
02082402399
Website:
www.exchangetwickenham.co.uk

From the pen of local acclaimed playwright, Loz Keal, comes this original old fashioned, modern pantomime suitable for children of all ages!

Come and join our hero, Robin Hood, on his magical adventure to overthrow the mean, money grabbing Sherriff aided by a few trusted friends and the beautiful and feisty Maid Marian. And, of course The Fairy of the Forest. Packed with a punchy playlist of songs ranging from Rat Pack classics to fresh Barbie inspired pop hits and full of festive fun and frolics this will be a Christmas treat for the whole family!

There will be 2 groups of children from Twickenham Youth Theatre performing in our panto:

ARROW TEAM

Monday 18th – Evening, 6pm (Opening night)

Wednesday 20th – Evening, 6pm

Thursday 21st – Evening, 6pm

Friday 22nd – Matinee, 2pm

BOW TEAM

Tuesday 19th – Evening, 6pm

Thursday 21st – Matinee, 2pm

Friday 22nd – Evening, 6pm (Closing night)

  • Monday 18th December to Friday 22nd December 2023
  • Run time of this event is approximately 2 hours including an interval.
  • Adult Ticket | £18.50
  • Concession (Over 60’s and Full Time Students) | £16.50
  • Child Ticket (under 14) | £12.50
  • Family Ticket (Admits 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) | £52.50
  • Group Discount (Bookings of 20+) | £14 each
  • To make a group booking please contact The Exchange Box Office on 020 8240 2399

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PANTO 2023

Monday 18th December | 6:00pm   

Tuesday 19th December | 6:00pm *This is a Relaxed Performance 

Wednesday 20th December | 6:00pm  

Thursday 21st December | 2:00pm    | 6:00pm

Friday 22nd December | 2:00pm  | 6:00pm 

 

*Relaxed Performance is a show that’s been adapted to suit people who might require a more relaxed environment when going to the theatre. Usually, these are adults or children with learning difficulties, autism or sensory communication disorders but all are welcome to this performance. This Performance will therefore have a few technical changes  to the performance – this might include quieter music, reducing loud or surprising sound effects and avoiding strobe lighting.  For more information please contact the Box Office.

Robin Hood Reviewed by Juliette H

Forget Christmas: it’s panto season, and Twickenham’s Exchange Players have provided the perfect way to get into the theatrical spirit. Loz Keal’s sprightly take on the legend of Robin Hood whisks us far from the modern day into an enchantingly mythical 14th century Nottinghamshire. This is a realm entirely free of Tories and cost of living crises, instead plagued by high taxes and the tyrannous Sheriff of Nottingham. Yes, the parallels do indeed write themselves.

 

Fear not, however! An entrancing stage design – a proscenium arch bordered by a curtain of vine leaves and fairy lights – holds the escapist illusion. The skilled creative team immersed us in a Disney-fairy-tale-like atmosphere with a combination of haze, colourful gels and dramatic film-esque music. Quick scene changes were also facilitated by a projected backdrop, switching seamlessly from the heart of the wood to the Sheriff’s office. Having been raised on Disney’s seventies animation, I was delighted with moments that harkened back to the nostalgia-inducing classic such as ‘He’s a fox!’, in reference to Becky Pickering’s sexy drag allure as our story’s hero.

 

On the subject of gender-antics, Dave Hannigan’s performance as Dame Gwen Miller, mother to both Robin and Little John, also took our breath away in her stunning wardrobe display, my favourite without a doubt being the yellow-polka-dot-tropical-fruit dress. Whilst perhaps our breath was snatched primarily by the lewdness of her pun selection, it is certain that the costumes in this production merit a review unto themselves. From the Fairy of the Forest’s (Samantha McGill) phenomenal headpiece to the Sheriff’s (John Wilkinson) gorgeous cloak, boots and gold chains, the actors were free to flaunt their characters in style.

 

And flaunt they did. As Robin’s band of merry people set about rescuing Maid Marian (Heather Kirk) and defeating the nefarious Sheriff, we encountered a colourful cast of characters. I particularly enjoyed Friar Tuck’s (Marc Batten) new identity as a Star Wars Jedi, as well as the infuriatingly charming bickering between henchmen Holly and Hazel, played by Sally Halsey and Angela Gibbins. Appropriately renamed ‘Will Bright Red’ and ‘Alana Dale’ (Theo Byrne and Emma Hartnett) were also a pleasure to watch, really bringing Robin’s band to life where it might have felt a little two dimensional in a less thought-through production. Hartnett’s exquisite voice also deserves a mention, stealing the show with her sensational solos.

 

The adult cast were also joined by an ensemble from Twickenham Youth Theatre, who brought high energy to the stage with their well-timed jokes and back up dancing, with the help of McGill’s excellent choreography. The teaming up of young and ‘old’ was an effective decision on director Marc Batten’s part, encapsulating the heart of panto. With direct quotes from Harry Potter (perhaps missed by parents and children, but certainly not by this teenage reviewer!), as well as a cameo from a certain well-loved Welsh actor (no spoilers here, go find out for yourself), this production truly was for the whole family.

 

If I had one other comment to make, it would be a suggestion rather than a criticism. Whilst playwright Loz Keal does question Maid Marian’s damsel in distress archetype in a moment of metatheatrical irony, Robin’s dismissive attitude towards her (highlighted in the musical number ‘Let me be your right-hand man’ from Something Rotten) is never fully dealt with or set to rights. Pantomime is a fascinating genre, comprised of both liberating drag performances and stifling cis-heteronormative tropes. I wonder if, in 2023, it might not be time to incorporate slightly more diverse storylines into the traditional conventions. If panto is indeed for all the family, would it not make sense to reflect all types of families? I, for one, would certainly be up for a lead heroine or a girl-gets-girl story arc.

 

Nonetheless, this is still a tremendously enjoyable performance and I would certainly recommend it as the perfect evening/afternoon out in the run up to the Big Day. Full of comedic banter and festive singing, the Exchange Players have undoubtedly set the tone for a very merry Christmas.