Robyn Hoode will be my 5th show with the Baron’s Men. In that time I have played a wide variety of characters. I was the impotent king of France clashing with Henry the 5th. I was Lorenzo, desperately madly in love with Shylock’s daughter in The Merchant of Venice. I have played a simpering lackey and a grinning hangman, but this will be my first turn on the boards as the villain, and what a fun villain to play!
Developing the Sheriff has been an enjoyable process. I have pulled my inspiration from everywhere I could find. His moral code came from dungeons and dragons; he’s lawful evil. Javert, the iconic lawman of Les Miserables, is the source of the Sheriffs attitude, follow the law and pay your taxes on time and in full (with 10% added for the sheriff) and there will be no problems.
Finding the laughs has been fun work. Dr Horrible tells you to not neglect the laugh and I haven’t been. The Sheriff may be an old stick in the mud, but he knows how to enjoy himself. Especially when there is a chance Robyn Hoode is going to be captured.
I am grateful to the Baron’s Men for giving me this chance to explore such an iconic role and bring him to life on the stage of the Curtain Theatre.