The most recent Robin Hood-related news stories breaking in the global media!
From the Medieval plays and games of the May Day celebrations, Robin Hood and the other characters from the well-loved tales have continually retained their popularity with audiences of all ages and appeared in a miscellany of stage productions including drama, romance, comedy and musical theatre – and new versions based on the legend continue to be written to this very day.
With the advent of moving film, silent screen hero Douglas Fairbanks was quick to recognise the popular appeal of the Robin Hood story to a cinematic audience with his classic 1920's version and across the generations a variety of movies, starring actors such as Errol Flynn, Richard Todd, Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe (to name but a few) have helped the legend establish an iconic status in popular culture. Television also spawned a range of action drama series about the outlaw hero, at the vanguard of which was the 143 episode black and white version "The Adventures of Robin Hood" starring Richard Greene in the title role.
Specially commissioned to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Nottingham's Theatre Royal, "HOOD – The Legend Continues" is a unique play that weaves the traditional characters and principles from the Robin Hood legend into the historic time-frame that reflects some of the social issues and events over the century and a half of the Theatre's existence. This dual celebration of both the theatre and the legend represents a real challenge for any theatre company to take on but New Perspectives, as their name suggests, have creatively interwoven the interesting and varied approaches from six of the region's best writers and managed to deliver an entertaining and thought-provoking production. Congratulations to Jack McNamara and all his team of actors, writers and behind the scenes staff, who all helped to "pull-it-off"!
In 2005, the Red Monkey Film Company were producing a documentary film about Robin Hood’s links to Yorkshire and they included in their location schedule the filming of a blessing ceremony held at the gravesite that is reputed to be the outlaw’s burial place in the grounds of Kirklees Priory in North Yorkshire.
American politician, Senator Joe McCarthy is probably best known for his obsessive and unsubstantiated accusations in the early 1950’s, when he repeatedly insisted that communists had infiltrated the State Department! Following his appointment in 1953 as chairman of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, he embarked on a crusade of persecution that involved aggressive cross-examination and damaging innuendo aimed at many innocent citizens, celebrities and officials.
"Ha Ha Hood and the Prince of Leaves" is the title of a new spoof comic romp based around the tales of Nottingham's traditional Sherwood Forest hero - but not as we know them!