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Hero Robin's in fine voice for comic forest adventure

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 21, 2012

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With seasoned singer Aston Dobson in the title role, panto-lovers can expect high standards in the vocal department in Robin Hood , currently running at Barnstaple's Queen's Theatre.

Based on the much-loved English folk tale, it's an action-packed show with lots of rousing live music, a brand new script and the kind of comedy mayhem audiences expect.

Robin and his motley crew take on the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham and battle to rescue Maid Marian from his evil clutches in this sheriff-busting, arrow-shooting, tight-wearing, hog-roasting extravaganza.

The cast includes Laura Main, star of BBC One's Call The Midwife, as Maid Marian. There's also a welcome return from Richard Alan as the larger-than-life Dame and last year's Herman the Henchman, Jon Wadey, stars as the wicked Sheriff.

Aston says that after four or five years playing Prince Charming he is relishing his more meaty and "laddish" role as the plucky hero of Sherwood Forest.

"I'll be trying to give the character a bit of a rough edge and a lots of fun and laughter," he adds.

Robin Hood until January 5. Box office: 01271 324242 or visit www.northdevontheatres.org.uk. Tickets are £12 to £19, young person £11 to £14. A £1 per ticket Love Arts payment is included in the price.

Hisses and boos are sweet music to Granville's ears

Granville Saxton (above left) loves nothing more than a theatre full of children booing and hissing. So his role as baddie Abanazar in Aladdin at Hall for Cornwall suits the father of two and grandfather down to the ground. "I have played every villain known to man over the last 43 years," says Granville, "but everyone who knows me knows I adore children."

He has, indeed, played more than his fair share of baddies – even Voldemort's right hand Death Eater in the last two Harry Potter films.

Joining is Drew Mason as Aladdin (above, right) who was nominated for the Stephen Sondheim Young Performer of the Year, David Alcock as Widow Twankey, Nathan Guy as Wishee Washee, and Truro actor Dean Nolan as the Genie.

Aladdin runs at the Hall for Cornwall until January 6. Box Office: 01872 262466.

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