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King of Sherwood

Book by Fred Edmonds; music by  Thomas J Hewitt

A burlesque on the Robin Hood classic story.

Below is an extract from a review of the show at Southwick Community Theatre in 1988 kindly sent to us by Elaine Bailey.

Lots of fun with Robin and maids

Review by Marcus Agar

Southwick Opera lit up the town last week with the dazzling wit and charm of their latest production, The King of Sherwood.
The play, a burlesque on the Robin Hood classic was a true delight to watch.
Robin, played by Simon Fry, was portrayed as a dashing, thigh-slapping tally-ho sort of chap, in true panto style.
And he had most of the laughs too, although there were so many in this show and there plenty to go around.

Even the pianist was brought into the hilarity, from the moment she paraded in on the arm of the producer and jolly compère, Gary Brighton, both clad in period costume.

On the first night the packed auditorium sat through a night of good of song and dance, rewarding the players with their laughter and jeers.

Robin and his merry men were accompanied on stage by Sherwood's even merrier maids, sprinkling the audience with ample servings of merriment and mirth with just a hint of smut for good measure.

Even the extended interval was out of the ordinary.

Everyone was invited to a Goose Fair in the courtyard, where you could drench the poor soul in the stocks, be knighted by King John, or indulge in a bit of kissing with a faire maiden - for a fee!

This was my very first visit to a show at Southwick Community Centre, but it will certainly not be my last.

There is some additional information regarding a production in 1921 at Farnhill History Group.  The vocal score is strangely bereft of any further information other than what is reproduced below.  Any further information about this operetta will be appreciated by emailing the GTMT webmaster


Robin Hood
Maid Marian
King Richard
Little John
Friar Tuck
Dame Scarlet
Sir Richard Lea

Chorus of Maidens, Foresters and Men-at-Arms

Musical Numbers

Act I

Chorus (Foresters) - Foresters Free Are We
Chorus (Foresters) -  Hail ! Robin Hood
Song (Robin Hood) - The King of the Wood
Chorus (Maidens & Foresters)  -  We Are Merry Maidens
Solo & Chorus -  Willy Nilly, You Must Come With Me
Song (Friar Tuck) -  A Universal Genius I
Chorus (Foresters) -  Sing A Song of Sherwood
Duet (Abbot & Sheriff) & Chorus   - A Gay Little Pig
Chorus (Foresters) -  Enough, You Beaux
Song (Maid Marian) -  Where Shall I Wander?
Duet (Robin Hood & Maid Marian)  - Can I Trust This Stranger?
Song & Semi-Chorus (Sir Richard & The Three)  - I'm a Penniless Knight
Final Chorus -  Fairest Flowers of the Forest

Act II

Opening Chorus -  We Are Subjects of Our Queen
Solo (Dame Scarlet) & Chorus  - I'm the Victim of An Accident
Recit & Chorus - Maidens, Arise
Song (Dame Scarlet) & Chorus  - Always Be Kind To Your Husband
Duet (Friar Tuck & King) & Chorus - Oh, He Who Would Rough It
Song (Maid Marian) & Chorus (Girls)  - What Sort of a Man?
Recit. & Chorus -  Tell Me, Sir Richard
Recit. (Sheriff) & Chorus - Stay, I Have Been Consulting My Dial
Recit. (Sheriff & King) & Chorus -  It Is the King
Duet (Abbot & Sheriff) & Chorus -  Stone Us Till Existence Ceases
Song (Robin Hood) - England, Merry England
Finale -  Always Be Kind To Your Husband

Costume Plot


Full size bows, quivers and arrows, Lincoln green serge tunic and knickers, brown satteen bands, deep collar and cuffs, boots, and hat with pheasant tail.


Brown serge cassock with hood, rope girdle, sandals, and shaven wig.


Ordinary dress, " Coeur de Lion" pictures, head piece, tunic and leggings, to resemble chain-mail, and white long fur coat, sleeveless, with red cross in front.


Red dress, laced bodice, sleeves to elbow, turned back with white, white muslin apron, and white muslin large handkerchief twisted round head and hanging down.


Soft white dress, square neck, and large hanging sleeves, with silk or muslin head dress hanging over hair to the feet.


Muslin or print short skirts, looped up over dress, laced bodice, muslin or lace cap.