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THE ‘deliciously evil’ baddie everyone loves to hate, the Sheriff of Nottingham, is back in St Augustine’s third production of Robin- Prince of Sherwood.

Packed with fun, laughter and arrow-slinging action, the family show tells the familiar tale of Robin Hood and his Merry Men through a modern and vibrant, all-sung musical score.

Packed with fun, laughter and arrow-slinging action, the family show tells the familiar tale of Robin Hood and his Merry Men through a modern and vibrant, all-sung musical score.

And no tale of the outlaw could be complete without his tyrannical foe the Sheriff, played by St Augustine’s Musical Production Company’s new chairman Michael Bentley.

“He’s a really great character to play,” said Michael, “He’s deliciously evil - just a megalomaniac that loves power.

“There’s a good relationship between him and the powerful, evil Morgana. He’s trying to use Morgana and Morgana is trying to use the Sheriff.”

Michael admitted he was even growing an ‘Alan Rickman-style’ beard ahead of the run - the actor famously played the character in the film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

The chairman said a show highlight was the deadly sword fight between him and hero Robin, using real blades.

“We have had a couple of minor incidences in rehearsal, but we wanted the real sound of swords on stage, like it sounds in the films.

Michael said it was a tough but rewarding show for the entire cast.

“It has the whole company on stage for seventy per cent of the time.”

Robin- Prince of Sherwood is at Solihull Arts Complex from November 19-24 with a special two-for-one offer on the first two nights.

Tickets are £12-15 available from Betty Keyte on 0121 705 2789. For more information, visit the website at www.stagsmtc.co.uk.

 

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