Sherwood Forest’s notorious outlaw Robin Hood made his appearance at Milton Keynes Theatre for a spot of target practice ahead of this year’s arrow-shooting panto spectacular, Robin Hood.
Television, recording, musical theatre and pantomime star Shane Richie will lead the cast in this year’s family pantomime, Robin Hood from Saturday 8 December – Sunday 13 January.
Swapping the Queen Vic for Sherwood Forest and starring as the heroic outlaw Robin Hood, Shane says: ‘Panto is a great theatrical experience and it’s nothing like you’ll ever see again. Robin is the romantic lead, a loveable rogue. He’s a bit of a loser, a bit of a winner. And the great part about doing this is that it’s different every show!
‘I said I wasn’t going to do panto for a while but then Milton Keynes said: “Come on! Bring Robin Hood to us!” I said: “OK, Milton Keynes, I’ll do it. I’ll do three weeks.” “Do Five!” they shouted. “Alright” I shouted back, “I’ll do five weeks for ya ‘cos I love ya!’
Having established himself as one of the nation’s favourite soap stars, Shane has won numerous awards and millions of fans for his portrayal of Albert Square’s loveable landlord Alfie Moon in EastEnders. Most recently Shane released his critically-acclaimed album A Country Soul, an album inspired by his musical heroes and contemporary country sounds.
Shane’s numerous television credits also include Oliver Twist, Skins, New Tricks, Minder and What We Did on Our Holidays. In addition to acting, Shane has also hosted a number of high-profile game shows including the primetime lottery quiz Win Your Wish List and Decimate. Most recently Shane starred in Making Dad’s Army for the BBC and Benidorm for ITV1 and Redwater alongside his EastEnders co-star Jessie Wallace, a six-part drama series based on their soap alter ego’s lives.
On stage, Shane has starred in a number of hugely successful productions including Danny Zuko in the West End production of Grease, which broke all box office records, Boogie Nights, which he co-wrote and co-produced on tour and in the West End, toured the UK in Peter
Audiences will join the most heroic outlaw of them all as the arrow-shooting hero Robin Hood strives to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marion while he and his trusty band of Merry Men outwit the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in a show full of action, adventure, music, laughter and audience participation.
Robin Hood will once again be produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer continuing their partnership with Milton Keynes Theatre, following the success of last year’s spectacular production of Cinderella which starred Brian Conley and Gok Wan.
Grab your merry men and women and don’t miss the ultimate sheriff-busting, arrow-shooting, tights-wearing, hog-roasting pantomime extravaganza!