Robin Hood And The Babes In The Wood

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Synopsis:

Prince John is desperate to become King, but his niece and nephew stand in his way. Urged on by his equally wicked wife, he orders the Sheriff of Nottingham to have them kidnapped and disposed of.

After a failed kidnap attempt in a comedy classroom scene, the Babes are eventually kidnapped by Bashem and Thumpem and taken to the woods. However, they can’t go through with the dirty deed and abandon them in the wood.

But help is at hand in the form of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, assisted by Robin Hood’s secret spy, Hayrick. Not to mention the Babes Nursie and her clever dog, Tyson.

Roles:

12 principals plus 4 minor speaking roles for Merry Men and 2 small roles for 2 children (the babes) plus a chorus some cameo roles.

Runtime:

All our scripts have a runtime of approximately 2hrs (not including any interval) but this is very dependent on your own production and can be edited by yourselves to suit your own needs.

Music:

Our pantomimes all come with a full, suggested songs, music cues and SFX list.

Style:

Traditional British pantomime, incorporating visual comedy, slapstick and audience participation.

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CHARACTERS

NURSIE
HAYRICK
MAID MARION
SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM
POKEM
PRINCE JOHN
QUEEN ARACHNID
BASHEM
THUMPEM
ROBIN HOOD
ROSIE
JIM

SUPPORTING ROLES – CHORUS

Little John
Friar Tuck
Will Scarlet
Alan-a-dale
King Richard
Tyson The Dog
Dancers; Villagers; Schoolchildren; Guards; etc.

 

SCENE ONE
SHERWOOD VILLAGE

Chorus of Villagers are onstage. Music cue 1: Chorus. After song ends…

Enter Maid Marion [SR]

MARION: Good morning everybody!

CHORUS 1: Good morning Lady Marion!

MARION: It’s wonderful to see you all enjoying yourselves for a change.

CHORUS 2: Once the Sheriff comes to collect our taxes, we’ll all be miserable again.

CHORUS 3: He barely leaves us enough to live on.

CHORUS 4: My kids have eaten nothing but porridge for months.

CHORUS 5: My kids are dressed in rags.

CHORUS 1: My kids haven’t any shoes.

CHORUS 2: My kids have eaten their shoes.

MARION: Cheer up everyone, all is not doom and gloom.

CHORUS 3: Have you got some good news for us Marion?

MARION: Well, I’ve got some good news and some bad news.

CHORUS 4: What’s the bad news Marion?

MARION: Prince John and Queen Arachnid are coming here today.

CHORUS 5: And what’s the good news?

MARION: Robin Hood is planning an ambush!

CHORUS: Hooray!

CHORUS 1: If anybody can help us, it’s Robin Hood.

CHORUS 2: He’s our only hope.

CHORUS 3: [looks SL] Watch out, here comes Pokem, the Sheriff’s idiot sidekick!

CHORUS 4: He’s probably going to announce yet another tax rise.

Enter Pokem [SL]

POKEM: Listen up you peasants! The Sheriff has decided that your miniscule taxes are to be increased, as of today.

CHORUS 5: But he’s only just increased them!

POKEM: Rubbish! It’s ages since your taxes went up.

CHORUS 1: They went up last week!

POKEM: Exactly, ages ago. Lady Marion, why are you associating with these peasants?

MARION: Because they’re all my friends?

SHERIFF: [off] Pokem!

CHORUS 2: It’s the Sheriff!

Enter Sheriff [SL]

POKEM: Three cheers for the Sheriff! Hip-hip! Hooray! Hip-Hip…

SHERIFF: They aren’t cheering, Pokem.

POKEM: Yes sire. [poking Chorus] Take that and that, and…

SHERIFF: What are you doing, Pokem?

POKEM: Poking them like you said, Sheriff.

SHERIFF: [kicks Pokem] You, are a blithering idiot!

POKEM: Yes sire. All together now. [sings] ‘For he’s a jolly good fellow, for he’s…’

SHERIFF: Shut up!

POKEM: Yes sire, at once sire, your wish is my command sire…

SHERIFF: I command you to shut up!

POKEM: Shutting up sire.

SHERIFF: Have you told the peasants about the new tax rises yet?

POKEM: Yes Sheriff.

CHORUS 3: We can’t afford any more tax rises!

SHERIFF: You peasants are always pleading poverty.

CHORUS 4: Maybe that’s because we’re poor.

SHERIFF: You seem to have plenty to spend on life’s little luxuries.

CHORUS 5: What luxuries?

SHERIFF: Food and clothing for starters.

MARION: Don’t you ever give a thought to the poor, Sheriff?

SHERIFF: The poor are constantly on my mind, Lady Marion. Which is why I need to collect more taxes for poor Prince John. What about them down there, Pokem?

POKEM: But they’re only here to see the show, Sheriff.

SHERIFF: That’s no excuse! [to audience] Well, have you all paid your taxes?

POKEM: I don’t think they have, Sheriff.

SHERIFF: Perhaps they’re on the side of the hooded one.

POKEM: You mean, Batman?

SHERIFF: No you idiot, Robin Hood!

POKEM: You could be right Sheriff.

SHERIFF: I know I am, Pokem.

POKEM: Righto, Sheriff. [goes downstage]

SHERIFF: Where are you going?

POKEM: To poke them, sire.

SHERIFF: What for?

POKEM: I thought you wanted me to.

SHERIFF: Don’t think Pokem, it only gives you headaches.

POKEM: No, it doesn’t. [Sheriff bops him] Owah! Yes, it does.

SHERIFF: [to Chorus] Listen up, you rabble! Your taxes have been doubled as of now. I was going to treble them, but I’m feeling in a good mood today.

CHORUS 4: If that’s what you’re like in a good mood, I’d hate to see you in a bad mood.

SHERIFF: And that’s exactly what you will do, if you keep on protecting that thieving outlaw Robin Hood! Now, when are you going to hand him over?

CHORUS: Never! [chant] Robin! Robin! Robin!

SHERIFF: Silence! You will all pay dearly for this insurrection.

CHORUS 5: Don’t tell me you’re taxing that as well!

POKEM: Why don’t you offer a reward for Robin Hood’s capture, Sheriff? The peasants are that poor, somebody’s bound to dob him in.