I’ve always loved how the Arden Theatre provided a small, intimate kid friendly theatre for their family shows. Now with their smaller theatre upstairs, the show gets even more up close and personal. We attended Robin Hood, for Opening Night, and were seated in the front row. But in this theatre every seat feels like a front row seat.
Robin Hood has to be the best show we’ve seen at the Arden. And if we said it before, well it’s true. The family shows at the Arden Theatre keep getting better. Each one tops the last one.
“Enter Sherwood Forest with Robin Hood, the legendary hero! Wielding a bow and arrow, Robin and his merry men join forces to stand up for what’s right. This athletic take on the fabled story features trickery, disguises, sword fights, live music and plenty of help from the audience.”
Let’s talk about the Robin Hood stage, Arden has some great builders. With green pipes and wooden beams part of the stage are looks like green monkey bars. But it’s that staging that makes you feel like you are right in Sherwood Forest with Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
The acting crew, as always, is superb. I love how each of them can transform into different characters flawlessly. One minute Ian Merril Peakes is the Sherriff of Nottingham. A few minutes later he is the hilarious King Richard. You don’t get confused, you can still follow along.
The action in Robin Hood is just what the kids need to keep them glued to their seats. Watching Robin, his Merry Men, and Maid Marian climb through the trees, creep through the woods, and shoot arrows across the theatre (no real arrows are flying through the air, special effects make it seem like they are) ; my kid, all the kids were fascinated. Perhaps it’s why during the intermission kids were sneaking around their seats pretending to be Robin Hood. They loved how fun Robin’s life was. They wanted to be him.
Robin Hood runs about 90 minutes with a 15 minute intermission. Afterwards the Arden actors come out for questions & answer from the audience and to sign autographs for their fans.
Have you seen Robin Hood at the Arden Theatre?
- Hurry, the show ends June 24.
- Ticket prices begin at $16. Discounts are available for students, seniors, military, educators, and children.
- Certain performances are sponsored by Target making tickets available 2 for the price of 1.
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In full disclosure, this post was sponsored in part by the Arden Theatre, who provided Jersey Family Fun with tickets to make our review possible. However, our opinions are honest and our own based on our experience seeing Robin Hood.