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Robin Hood & The The Babes In The Wood

Published by: Steve Burbridge on 17th Dec 2012 | View all blogs by Steve Burbridge

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Robin Hood & The Babes In The Wood
- The Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle upon Tyne

For me, a trip to see ‘the Geordie pantomime’ at the resplendent Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre & Opera House, a Grade 1 listed theatre, situated in the heart of Newcastle, is as much a part of Christmas as turkey and all the trimmings.

The Newcastle Panto Company have brought their traditional brand of pantomime to the venue, annually, for a number of years now and audiences return in their droves, each festive season, to see stalwarts including Kevin O’Keefe, Charlie Richmond and Janie MacKenzie do what they do best – make people laugh.

This year’s offering, Robin Hood Hood & The Babes In The Wood is brimming with madcap medieval mayhem, beautifully detailed sets and scenery, colourful costumes, comedy capers, Geordie dialects and references, boy meets girl, romance and adventure, and good triumphing over evil.

This year, Maxie Peters writes, directs and stars in the production and his complete understanding of what pantomime is all about is abundantly clear. All the essential ingredients are present and correct and Peters also delights the audience by delivering the quintessential panto dame in the form of Nurse Nitty Nora.

The regular cast members are joined by several newcomers. I particularly enjoyed Glen Joseph, as Will Scarlett and Steve Wraith as the Sheriff of Nottingham, but was less impressed by Stephen Gregory, as Little John, and JoJo Hatfield as Maid Marion. Gregory seemed under-rehearsed and, for the most part, looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights, whilst Hatfield displayed a confidence that exceeded her abilities.

It was left up to the regular cast to save the day. Charlie Richmond effortlessly wins over the audience as Numpty Norman and Janie MacKenzie can certainly sell a song. Special praise should also go to Kevin O’Keefe, a trouper who performed, as Friar Tuck, with one arm in a sling as a result of a shoulder injury.

Overall, this is a production which, despite a few minor flaws succeeds on most levels. Great fun for all the family!

Robin Hood & The Babes In The Wood is at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle, until Sunday January 6, 2013. Tickets are priced from £10 to £20, with concessions available. To book call 0844 493 9999 or log on to



1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 years ago
    Thanks, Steve. Nurse Nitty Nora looks quite fearsome!
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