Last night, I went to watch ‘Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood’ at Krudttønden.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this British-style pantomime, but I was pleasantly surprised by the musical comedy stage production, to say the least.
The show was eccentric and endearing, mostly due to the charismatic cast. Their friendly interaction with the audience created a wondrous sense of immersion. Breaking the fourth wall, they talked directly to the audience, referring to us as farmers and peasants.
Overall, there was a wide variety of humour, from the charmingly peculiar to some good old honest slapstick courtesy of Andrew Whalley (Block) and Patrick Presencer (Tackle) as a pair of ‘legitimate businessmen’.
It was reflective of internationals’ experience living in Denmark and also topical. References included ‘Game of Thrones’ antagonist King Joffrey and Denmark’s very own Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and it was all tastefully delivered and gobbled up by the audience.
Heading a strong cast were the cross-dressing trio of Gizem Mutlu (Robin Hood), Nicole Wardell (Dave Knave) and Josh Shires (Nurse Molly Coddle), who all gave solid, dependable performances.
Aditya Kharkar, who played the Sheriff of Nottingham with maniacal smiles and laughs, was perfect for his role, while youngsters Valeria Hollo (Pip) and Veda Robidoux (Penny) are two to look out for in the future.
And the singing impressed too with Madara Devko (Maid Marion) and Rachel Kador (Fairy) in fine form throughout.
The Copenhagen Theatre Circle’s production of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood has something for everyone. Joyously interactive, frequently delightful and wholesomely humorous, it is a perfect fit for families looking to enjoy some quality time together.