You won’t be outlawed if you join these Merry Men

Robin Hood is riding into Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre on Saturday, December 13 for two daytime shows.

Following the outstanding success of last year’s production, The Wind in The Willows, Wizard Theatre, in association with international award-winning open air theatre company Illyria, returns with everyone’s favourite heroic outlaw.

Evil Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham tax the people into desperate poverty, but one man decides to fight back – Robin Hood.

Arrows will be unleashed and swords will be thwacked as Wizard Theatre’s own troupe of irrepressibly merry men present the most enduring of English legends.

Packed full of live music, wonderful characters, a breathtaking archery competition and, most important of all, bundles of fun, the shows (11am and 2.30pm) are suitable for ages five and over.

Matthew Rothwell, who studied at St John’s University York before going on to train in physical theatre at Liverpool, will play Robin Hood.

He has toured nationally and internationally performing this year in France and Holland as well as almost every inch of the UK.

Theatre credits including the Unity Theatre Liverpool and the Library Theatre Manchester. He has worked for Contact Theatre, Distraction Theatre Company and the Manchester Actors Company playing ‘George’ in their production Of Mice And Men.

For the last three years he has appeared for Illyria in their production of The Twits, Babe: Sheep Pig and as Banquo/Porter in MacBeth.

Wizard Theatre was set up in 2002 by artistic director, Leon Hamilton.

Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in film, TV and theatre, Leon continues his passion of working with and performing to the most challenging, sharpest and vocal of audiences - young people.

He said: “After the fantastic response to The Wind in The Willows last year, Wizard Theatre and our band of merry men can’t wait to bring Sherwood Forest to the Leighton Buzzard Theatre again in December.

“Whether you are looking forward to pelting the sheriff, having an arrow shot of your head or the unique archery competition, you’re guaranteed to be delighted by the excitement of Robin Hood.

“Equally, if you prefer something less energetic you’re welcome to just cheer Robin as he defeats Prince John, gasp at the exciting battles and clap along to Don’t Do This At Home! Loved by all who have seen the show so far, please come along and be an honouree outlaw.”

As well as the main show in Leighton, there will also be the opportunity to join Wizard Theatre in the library on Tuesday, December 2, between 4.30pm and 5.30pm to create Sherwood Forest in a special craft event.

Book now for both of these events for the perfect pre-Christmas treat either in person, online at www.leightonbuzzardlibrarytheatre.co.uk or by phone on 0300 300 8125.

For the craft event, call in at the library or call 0300 300 8059.