Imagination Stage’s production of Robin Hood tells the tale of the timeless hero with sensitivity, humor, and strength. The tale of Robin Hood, champion of the needy, is particularly relevant as we try to explain to our children the importance of ensuring that everyone has enough and is treated equally. For those who need a refresher, Robin Hood seeks to restore justice to the Kingdom where a bratty King John, with the help of the Sherriff of Nottingham, literally bathes in gold while the commoners starve. Robin Hood, with his loyal band of Merry Men, steel from the rich to give to the poor. Not too far into the story Maid Marian, who originally agrees to help catch Robin Hood, has a change of heart once she meets him and becomes one of Robin Hood’s best fighters. Maid Marian is one of the earliest examples of a strong female character in literature and Imagination Stage’s production showcases her as a woman whose resolve and skill matches Robin Hood’s in every way. The theater’s promotional video clip is below: This production of Robin Hood has everything needed for a great family play – beautiful live music, audience interaction, action scenes, lots of laughs, great role models, and an important lesson. Robin Hood pulls all of this off without condescending to kids at all and making the production just as enjoyable for adults as it is for children. I attended a show with two of my children, ages 7 and 10. They agreed that younger children would like this play because of the jokes, including the King shown in his undies, and audience participation. They also thought that older kids would enjoy the play because of the action scenes and tricks the characters play on each other throughout the play. My daughter especially enjoyed the prominent role played by Maid Marian. The acting in Robin Hood is also top-notch. Several of the actors have performed at prominent theatres, including the Kennedy Center and the Shakespeare Theatre. All of the actors play multiple roles and go seamlessly from one role to the next. Make a trip to Sherwood Forrest to see Robin Hood perform his heroic deeds before it’s too late! Good to Know:
- Robin Hood plays from April 14 – May 20 with weekday performances at 10:30 and weekend performances at 1:30 and 4:00.
- Tickets are $10.00 and up.
- Robin Hood is recommended for ages 4+.
- The theatre has a sound-proof booth for any kids who may have a hard time staying quiet or staying still. Sound is broadcast into the booth so you can still see and hear everything. There are also closed circuit TVs in the lobby.
- There are special performances: Open Captioning on April 22 at 1:30; Sensory-Friendly on May 13 at 11:00; and ASL on May 22 at 4:00.
- This year’s Children’s Ball will feature a Sherwood Forest theme and will be held on May 12.
- There is metered street parking and a metered garage adjacent to Imagination Stage. Parking in the garage is free on weekends. The closest metro is the Bethesda Station on the Red line.
- There are several kid-friendly restaurants within the blocks surrounding Imagination Stage.