The Heart of Robin Hood The Musical
Creative liberties are to be expected here at “The Heart of Robin Hood The Musical” knowing that however the character ended up to be, the stories that sprouted from the legend still refer to him as a thief. What if he really started out as a thief who just had a change of heart with whom he would like to share his spoils?
In the latest offering of the Royal Shakespeare Company in cooperation with Mirvish Productions, Robin Hood starts out as a savage bandit whose change of heart is manifested with the help of Maid Marion. It was also manifested that it was Maid Marion’s idea to have Robin Hood as an ally against the oppressors of Nottingham.
Cast for “The Heart of Robin Hood The Musical”:
– Kristoffer Sagmo Aalberg (Robin Hood)
A bachelor’s degree holder from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts, Aalberg’s previous appearance prior to “The Heart of Robin Hood The Musical” includes “Pippi Longstocking”, “This Lime Tree Bower”, “A Dream Play”, “Mother Courage”, A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “King Lear” and “An Enemy of the People”. “The Heart of Robin Hood The Musical” is his first ever Canadian theater gig.
– Izzie Steele (Marion)
Born in London and trained in The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Steele was previously cast in “The Taming of the Shrew”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “All’s Well That Ends Well”, “Henry V Part 1” and “Playboy of the Western World”. This would also mark her debut in the Canadian theater scene.
– Euan Morton (Prince John)
A Scotland native, Morton’s most recent project was actually playing Boy George in “Taboo”. That was the role where he garnered nominations from Olivier, Tony and Drama Desk Awards. Other productions under his name where he got cast are “Cyrano de Bergerac”, “Sondheim on Sondheim”, “Brundibar”, “Leo Frank in Parade” and “Measure for Pleasure”. Details regarding his theater credentials are found at his website.
– Christian Lloyd (Pierre)
With theatre training received from the George Brown Theatre School and a bachelor’s degree earned from the University of Guelph, “The Heart of Robin Hood The Musical” serves as a welcome acting challenge to Christian Lloyd. Previous castings include “Romeo and Juliet”, “Platonov”, “”Twelfth Night”, “Amadeus”, “Getting Lucky”, “Happy Hour”, “Chicken Grease is Nasty Business” and “A Flea in Her Ear”. He also dabbled in writing as a playwrights with scripts provided for “Happy Hour”, “Getting Lucky”, “Fridays with Frieda” and “Record”. You can get in touch with him through his official website and Twitter account @actwritesnap.
– Anna Bartlam (Sarah Summers)
At 10 years old, Anna Bartlam is making her Mirvish debut as Sarah Summers. Previous productions where she got in are “Miracle on 34th Street”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Molly in Annie”, “The Sound of Music” and “White Christmas”.
– Richard Clarkin (Friar, Robert Summers, Guard, Bishop)
A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Richard Clarkin is also noted as the co-founder of Primus Theatre. Accolades in his resume range from theater to film and television. Before getting cast in “The Heart of Robin Hood The Musical”, he got cast in other Mirvish Productions like “The Lion King” (Scar) and “Death of a Salesman” (Biff).
– Jeremy Crawford (Little John)
Currently residing in New York, he joins “The Heart of Robin Hood The Musical” as Little John, the same role he assumed in the version presented at the American Repertory Theatre. Most theatre credentials mentioned leaned towards US regional theatre like playing Herb in “Godspell”, Iago in Disney’s “Aladdin”, Jumpy Malachi in “Happy Days: A New Musical”, Mortimer in “Fantasticks” and Smee in “Peter Pan”. Details regarding previous castings are found at his website. You can also get in touch with him through his Twitter account @_jeremycrawford.
– Zachary Eisenstat (Will Scathlock)
The third member in this cast making his Canadian theatre debut, Zachary Eisenstat’s degree is actually an engineering degree that he earned from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Still he pursued a career in theater. In the American Repertory Theatre, he was also cast in “The Heart of Robin Hood The Musical” as well as other plays like “The Tempest” and “The Donkey Show”. With the Lyric Stage Theatre, he is credited as cast member in “The Chosen” and “On The Town”. Other productions that he has been into are “Coriolanus”, “The Play About The Baby”, “Matchmaker, Matchmaker, I’m Willing to Settle” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. And you can get in touch with him through his Twitter account @thefarceur.
– Paul Essiembre (George LeBrun, Guy of Gisborne, Duke of York)
A veteran in voice-over castings, Paul Essiembre’s theater background still keeps him getting cast in high profile musicals such as “The Heart of Robin Hood The Musical”. At the Stratford Festival alone, he lasted 4 seasons. Within this time frame he got cast in “Amadeus”, “Macbeth”, “Don Juan”, “The Duchess of Malfi”, “The Odyssey” and “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Other works are with Studio 180 (“Stuff Happens”, “The Overwhelming”, “The Normal Heart”), Theatre du Nouveau Monde (“Don Juan”), Theatre de Francais de Toronto (“Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Art”, “Diner de Cons”, and “L’Emmerdeur”), Canadian Stage (“Tillsonburg”) and Segal Theatre (“Sleuth”) to name a few.
– Amariah Faulkner (Sarah Summers)
Almost a veteran at a young age, Amariah Faulkner already has her theatre experience to rely on now that she has returned to the Mirvish stage to join the cast in “The Heart of Robin Hood The Musical”. Previous performances were at the Princess of Wales Theatre (“The Sound of Music”), Kings Wharf Theatre (“Annie” and “Wizard of Oz”) and Neptune Theatre (“Mary Poppins”).
– Troy Feldman (Horse, Fenric)
A theater actor than has toured North America and Europe, Troy is based in Toronto as a performance artist. Theatre performances as an actor were seen at the Tivoli Theatre (where he was included in the cast of “Jesus Christ Superstar”) and right in Mirvish itself (“The Lord of the Rings” and “War Horse”). He is also the co-choreographer and performer with the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the play “Emoticonics”. As performer/choreographer, he is an enlisted member of the Alias Dance Project where he combines dance moves with all-terrain movements.
Other Cast Members, “The Heart of Robin Hood The Musical”:
– Martin Julien (Makepeace, French Lord)
– Katelyn McCullough (Lady LeBrun, French lady), http://www.nptheatre.com/
– Carson Reaume (Jethro Summers)
– Sarah Schenkkan (Alice), http://twitter.com/sarah_schenkkan
– Marc Selby (Horse, Henchman)
– Stephen Michael Spencer (Much Miller), http://www.stephenmichaelspencer.com/
– Darcy Stewart (Dimma, Nun)
– Tate Yap (Jethro Summers), https://twitter.com/yapstars, Facebook Page
Creatives for “The Heart of Robin Hood The Musical”:
– David Farr (Director)
A veteran when it comes to writing plays, his previous projects feature mostly Shakespearean classics as he is mostly identified with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) hence the Anglophile themes. As playwright, recent projects include “The UN Inspector”, “The Nativity”, and “Elton John’s Glasses”. As stage director, he took charge of RSC’s productions of classics like “The Homecoming”, “The Tempest”, “Twelfth Night”, “The Winter’s Tale”, “King Lear” and “Hamlet”. Other productions where he was also director was with RSC’s collaborations with Old Vic through “Coriolanus” and Lyric Theatre Hammersmith through “Julius Caesar”.
– David Mirvish (Producer)
A Toronto-based theatrical producer, Mirvish owns and operates the Panasonic Theatre, the Ed Mirvish Theatre, the Princess of Wales Theatre and the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Most plays and musicals he has produced has made it to other venues throughout Canada, on Broadway and West End.
– Royal Shakespeare Company
With roots traced all the way from Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare’s hometown itself. the company promotes Shakespearean works in an effort to keep his literary legacy alive. Previous works can be seen at their website.
Where to buy tickers for “The Heart of Robin Hood The Musical”?
– Click here to buy online
– Call 416-872-1212 or at their toll-free number 1-800-461-3333
– You can drop by the theater itself:
Royal Alexandra Theatre
260 King Street West