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Ha Ha Hood @ The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe

Published by: Yvonne Delahaye on 8th Sep 2014 | View all blogs by Yvonne Delahaye

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After seeing the madcap comedy Ha Ha Holmes! last year with Joe Pasquale, I was looking forward to some more crazy antics from the Ha Ha! team with a brand new and all-out outrageous comic romp! Ha Ha Hood! And the Prince of Leaves, is the latest irreverent interpretation of a classic story from the team who also brought us Ha Ha Hitler! And Ha Ha Hamlet!  With all the terrible events happening around the world, we all need to escape and have some fun and laughter in our lives and this show is guaranteed to get your sides aching.

Ten years after a messy divorce Robin and Marian are forced back together to fight the Sheriff once more. Little John and Friar Tuck, now considerably older and rougher around the edges, join the merry pair to try and save the citizens of Nottingham…

Maid Marian, Nottinghamshire’s feistiest female, who has in the past been brought to life by the likes of screen goddesses Audrey Hepburn, Cate Blanchett and Uma Thurman  is now portrayed by Su Pollard, who serves up a world-weary Marian who is definitely more matron than maid!   Tommy Cannon takes on the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and Little John while Bobby Ball, currently starring in TV’s Not Going Out with Lee Mack, doubles up as Friar Tuck and Guy of Gisborne.

Su Pollard is a comedy icon who needs no introduction. The Nottingham-born lass makes for a perfect menopausal Marian, cutting her comedy chops on hit BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi as scatty chalet maid Peggy. Su cemented her camp credentials with comedies You Rang, M’lord and Oh, Doctor Beeching, and is a musical theatre and pantomime heroine! 

Cannon and Ball’s starring role in Ha Ha Hood!  Prince of Leaves marks forty years since their first television appearance and a whopping fifty years together as a duo.   The Cannon and Ball Show ran for 9 hugely successful years and the pair have 2 sitcoms and numerous theatre/pantomime appearances under their belts; not forgetting their hilarious stint on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here. 

Ben Langley (Robin Hood) has worked in London’s Covent Garden as a street performer for the last 18 years, winning The Bristol Harbour Festival Street Performer of the Year award.  He is co-founder of the Ha Ha Boys comedy team, writing and touring the Ha Ha series of theatre shows since 2007. 

“For me, what I saw in Ha Ha! was a British version of The Reduced Shakespeare Company which, rather than taking the micky out of us, was embracing us and was very pro-British and was a tribute to all of the great comedy artists and routines that have made Britain funny over the last 50 to 100 years.” – Ben Langley, creator

Andy Pickering completes the cast, accompanying on piano and adding a variety of wigs and voices to the chaotic events.

Su Pollard has the most wonderful belting singing voice (and a lovely pair of pins!) and her energy is just as infectious as ever.  Bobby and Tommy are warm and funny and it’s a joy to watch the three of them working the audience, knowing exactly how to deliver a line and entertain us all.   We all enjoyed the show immensely and although we’ve seen the sight gags hundreds of times they all still work and have us giggling all the way through.  Some of the lines were a bit coarse, especially as there were a lot of young children in the audience, but overall the show is jolly good clean fun.

Switch off the news, go out and have a laugh – it’s the best therapy in the world!

Tour Dates:

Tuesday 9th September Venue Cymru Llandudno
Wednesday 10th September Crewe Lyceum Theatre
Thursday 11th September New Brighton Floral Pavilion Theatre
Friday 12th September Carlisle The Sands Centre
Saturday 13th September Durham Gala
Sunday 14th September The Hawth Crawley
Tuesday 16th September Milton Keynes Theatre
Wednesday 17th September Hastings White Rock
Thursday 18th September Leamington Spa Royal Spa Centre
Friday 19th September Redditch Palace Theatre
Saturday 20th September Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Theatre
Monday 22nd September – Tuesday 23rd September Stevenage Gordon Craig Theatre
Wednesday 24th September Lancaster Grand Theatre
Thursday 25th September Grimsby Auditorium
Friday 26th September York Grand Opera House
Sunday 28th September Glasgow Theatre Royal
Monday 29th September Edinburgh Playhouse
Tuesday 30th September Billingham Forum Theatre

Further dates and info on www.hahahood.com

@HaHaShow

Reviewed by:
@Yvonne Delahaye
7.9.14

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1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 3 years ago
    Thanks, Yvonne. Looks like great fun!
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