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KING OF SHERWOOD Book by Fred Edmonds; music by Thomas J Hewitt A burlesque on the Robin Hood classic story. Below is an extract from a review of the show at Southwick Community Theatre in 1988 kindly sent to us by Elaine Bailey. Lots of fun with Robin and maids Review by Marcus Agar Southwick Opera lit up the town last week with the dazzling wit and charm of their latest production, The King of Sherwood. The play, a burlesque on the Robin Hood classic was a true delight to watch. Robin, played by Simon Fry, was portrayed as a dashing, thigh-slapping tally-ho sort of chap, in true panto style. And he had most of the laughs too, although there were so many in this show and there plenty to go around. Even the pianist was brought into the hilarity, from the moment she paraded in on the arm of the producer and jolly compère, Gary Brighton, both clad in period costume. On the first night the packed auditorium sat through a night of good of song and dance, rewarding the players with their laughter and jeers. Robin and his merry men were accompanied on stage by Sherwood's even merrier maids, sprinkling the audience with ample servings of merriment and mirth with just a hint of smut for good measure. Even the extended interval was out of the ordinary. Everyone was invited to a Goose Fair in the courtyard, where you could drench the poor soul in the stocks, be knighted by King John, or indulge in a bit of kissing with a faire maiden - for a fee! This was my very first visit to a show at Southwick Community Centre, but it will certainly not be my last. There is some additional information regarding a production in 1921 at Farnhill History Group. The vocal score is strangely bereft of any further information other than what is reproduced below. Any further information about this operetta will be appreciated by emailing the GTMT webmaster CAST: • Robin Hood • Maid Marian • King Richard • Abbot • Sheriff • Little John • Much • Friar Tuck • Scarlet • Dame Scarlet • Sir Richard Lea • Edith • Dorothy • Ella Chorus of Maidens, Foresters and Men-at-Arms