Robin Hood back in Nottingham for Theatre Royal panto

Published: 9 September 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Tristan Gemmill (the Sheriff of Nottingham), Matthew Kelly (Dame Tilly Tuck), Matt Terry (Robin Hood), Jodie Prenger (the Spirit of Sherwood) and (front) Flawless (the Merry Men)

Tristan Gemmill will play the Sheriff of Nottingham, Matthew Kelly takes the role of Dame Tilly Tuck, Jodie Prenger will become The Spirit of Sherwood and Matt Terry plays the title role in Nottingham Theatre Royal’s 2021 panto Robin Hood.

Gemmill is best known as bistro owner Robert Preston in ITV’s Coronation Street and Dr Adam Trueman in the BBC TV medical drama Casualty. In the West End, he played the title role of The Bodyguard alongside Beverly Knight and Alexandra Burke.

Kelly, who has appeared in many pantomimes, won an Olivier Award for best actor for his 2003 portrayal of Lennie in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men at London’s Savoy Theatre.

Prenger is known for appearing in many musicals including the tour of Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine in 2017. She also played Helen in the National Theatre production of Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey at Trafalgar Studios in 2019.

Terry won the 13th series of ITV’s The X Factor in 2016. He has toured the world in leading roles in DreamWorks’ Madagascar the Musical and on Broadway in Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical.

Dance group Flawless will play the Merry Men, comedy magician Phil Butler will be Silly Simon and ventriloquist Kieran Powell takes the role of Alan-a-Dale.

Peter Ireson, Theatre Royal venue director, said, “we’re absolutely thrilled with the breadth of talent this all-star cast will bring to Robin Hood. This show will certainly have many strings to its bow!

“By bringing the legend of Robin Hood back to his rightful home, here in Nottingham, this production will aim to hit the bullseye of providing an unforgettable experience for all the family.”

Robin Hood will run from Saturday 11 December until Sunday 9 January 2022.