Writers hit the target

Actor Ewen Mackintosh is to star in Hood at Nottingham Theatre Royal
Actor Ewen Mackintosh is to star in Hood at Nottingham Theatre Royal

Fritchley playwright Tim Elgood is among the seven writers of the new production Hood: The Legend Continues, which is being presented by Theatre Royal Nottingham and New Perspectives next month.

Written by Andy Barrett, Tim Elgood, James Graham, Laura Lomas, Mufaro Makubika, Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon it can be seen at the Theatre Royal from September 17-26 as part of the celebrations to mark the venue’s 150th anniversary.

To celebrate this landmark occasion (which falls on September 25), and to showcase some of the region’s best creative talent, a brand new play has been commissioned.

Based on the ballads of Robin Hood, it is set in the century and a half from 1865 to the present day, to reflect the Theatre Royal’s 150th anniversary.

Hood – The Legend Continues has been written in six sections by seven playwrights from the East Midlands.

New Perspectives have assembled a writing team including James Graham, widely considered to be Britain’s most talented new political playwright and screenwriter.

The production will star Adam Morris, Ewen MacIntosh, Jonah Russell, Jasmine Blackborow, Ed Thorpe and Alex Bedward. Adam Morris, best known for playing Robin Hood in the much-loved children’s TV series, Maid Marian and her Merry Men, will play the Sheriff; while new talent Jasmine Blackborow will take the role of Marian.

Ewen MacIntosh is a best known for playing Keith, the deadpan accountant in The Office, and has also had roles in Little Britain, Miranda and Lead Balloon.

James Graham is joined by award-winning writers Andy Barrett and Tim Elgood, emerging young writers Laura Lomas and Mufaro Makubika and the stage and screen writing team, Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon.

Robert Sanderson, managing director of the Theatre Royal Nottingham, said: “I was determined that the theatre’s 150th anniversary should be marked by something tangible, something creative and lasting.” 

For ticket details for the production, call the box office on 0115 9895555.