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  • En garde! Robin Hood and his Merry Men Arrive at NHTP on Jan. 10!

    PORTSMOUTH –  New Hampshire Theatre Project presents Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood by Ken Ludwig. The production opens Friday January 10th and runs through Sunday Jan. 26 with performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. More information and tickets, including discounts, can be found at www.nhtheatreproject.org.   

    NHTP starts 2020 with a fresh family favorite packed with laughs, thrills, romance, some singing, and immortal characters like Robin Hood, Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian. In this fun new adaptation by comic genius playwright Ken Ludwig, Maid Marian is the real hero leading Robin to fight against the tyrannical government. And wow, is she good with a bow and arrow!

    Sherwood tells the enduring story of a hero of the people who takes on the ruthless powers that be. So get ready to duck a quarterstaff or two - you won’t want to miss a moment of this fast-paced swashbuckling adventure. 

    Beginning January 10th, Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, directed by Blair Hundertmark, stars a cast of 8 comic actors playing over 30 different roles.  Donning Robin’s famous feathered cap will be Joel Iwaskiewicz, and he will be joined by Michael Towle as the evil Sir Guy, Becky Fowler as passionate Doerwynn, Jamie Bradley as brave Little John and the hilarious Jenn Towle as Friar Tuck. Amy Desrosiers will return to NHTP’s stage as the inestimable Maid Marian - audiences will have seen her last in the smash-hit Pride & Prejudice earlier in the season. Sam Bennett and Shawn Crapo take on the villainous roles of Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham respectively, along with playing hideous Magyars, innkeepers, thieves, priests, an expectant father, and the list goes on.

    Combine this talented creative team with an outrageously talented production team (Scenic Designer Quentin Stockwell, Lighting Designer Tayva Young, Sound Designer CJ Lewis, and Costume Designer Jenn Towle, Samantha Smith, Stage Manager), add some rebellious outlaw country/western inspired music and you’ve got a night at the theater you won’t soon forget! En garde!

    The 2019-2020 Season theme ‘Can one person make a difference?’ continues in the new year with this production looking at loyalty, leadership, and philanthropy.“Everyone wants to rally behind Robin, and he is loyal to King Richard, as he attempts his noble mission of robbing from the rich and giving to the poor,” says Artistic Director Catherine Stewart. “Sherwood is a riotous show that poses interesting food-for-thought when you look a little deeper into the narrative and characters.” These themes will be explored during NHTP’s next Community Connectors on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 5.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

    Community Connectors is an informal gathering of individuals, businesses, advocate organizations and policy-makers that opens up conversation around issues affecting the Portsmouth, and beyond. “We’re using the work on our MainStage Productions as a gateway to dialogue, networking and decision-making on a community-wide scale,” adds Stewart. Stayed tuned to NHTP’s social media, on facebook.com/nhtheatreproject and instagram @nhtheatreproject, for updates on the partners and content of the Community Connectors. 

    Sherwood:The Adventures of Robin Hood is made possible thanks to the generous support of our show sponsors Lead Paint Clear & Simple and Wheelabrator Technologies. The NHTP 2019-2020 Season is supported by the NH State Council on the Arts and the NH Charitable Foundation.

    Memberships and individual tickets for the 2019-2020 season are available now. For more information about New Hampshire Theatre Project visit nhtheatreproject.org