“4 out of 5 stars! ROBIN HOOD COMES TO THE RESCUE . . .
. . . as
part of the
ambience and story line that bookends nicely with the festival’s other offering, Shakespeare’s
~ Patti Roberts, Sacramento News & Review (July 2009)
critics were convinced at Robin
“ELOQUENT . . . Pursuing persuasive parallels, the author forges links between plucky Robin Hood and rowdy Prince Hal, between rotund Friar Tuck and rascally Falstaff, between intrepid Rosalind and a resourceful Maid Marian. . . . Overall, Robin Hood heartily recalls its great inspiration!”
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“DELICIOUS . . . Robin Hood keeps you on your mental toes to follow the intricacies and delights of a Shakespearean script you’ve never heard before—an almost unimaginable experience for Bardophiles!”
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Stephen Spencer & Roxanne Fay as Robin & Marian in the 1995 premiere of Robin Hood
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And critics renewed their praise of Robin Hood in its “engaging,
high-spirited revival”* at Oak Park Festival Theatre! Take a look!
Vitello, Daily Herald
Oak Park Festival Theatre production of Robin Hood,
“HITS THE BULL’S EYE . . . AND PUTS A SMILE ON THE FACE OF SHAKESPEARE FANS!
. . . In another age, Scott
Lynch-Giddings might have made a successful counterfeiter. The
actor/playwright’s Robin Hood imitates Shakespeare so skillfully, he might have given the Bard a run
for his money. . . . Shakespeare’s spirit echoes throughout the nimbly composed play, with its poetry
and pentameter, wordplay and bawdy puns, plot twists and disguises. . . .”
~Barbara Vitello, Chicago Daily Herald
“I WAS THRILLED TO EXPERIENCE THIS NEW
TAKE ON THE LEGEND OF ROBIN HOOD!
. . . Robin Hood is written in the style of the Bard, almost as if it were a lost work that’s just
been discovered. Lynch-Giddings penned it in the 1990s but the dialogue sounds amazingly like that
of the Elizabethan 1590s. Robin Hood is a fast-paced, energetic production inspired by the many
versions of the medieval legend, yet it’s never predictable. . . . Director Kevin Theis mounts a
dashing two-hour adventure featuring his strong, talented ensemble. . . .”
~Doug Deuchler, Wednesday Journal of Oak Park
“ENCHANTING AND WARM . . .
Oak Park Festival Theatre, known for excellent productions of Shakespeare, has mounted an
enchanting and warm production of Robin Hood written in Shakespearean-styled verse. Scott
Lynch-Giddings has the Bard’s style down nicely in his light-hearted and often funny ode to the tales
of the good bandit . . . .”
~Tom Williams, Talk Theatre in
Steve Lenz & Christopher Prentice as Will Scarlock & Robin
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“JUST the right balance of wordplay and swordplay . . .
. . . smiles and thrills, romance and rough housing . . . . These diverse elements are united . . .
by the tone of the articulate and uncluttered text, its lyricism recalling 16th-century verse while
always retaining an edge of modern vernacular.”
~ Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times
“ REMARKABLE! . . .
’Tis pity that Shakespeare never wrote a play about Robin Hood. But despaireth not. . . .
the next best thing is
. . . An excellent play featuring drama, love, action, history, action, . . . more love, and then some
justice for balance. . . . (T)he writing style of the world’s most beloved Bard of the Elizabethan era
makes this tale all that more interesting and fun for all Shakespearean devotees.”
~ Ed Vincent, Oak Park Journal
Follow the links below to learn more about this new and unusual play,
as well as the legends of Robin Hood—and the facts of Shakespeare!
Including excerpts from the script
z Where to buy it
Including links to booksellers
For more information, contact email@example.com
z “Robyn Hood of Barnsdale Wood”
A popular abridged version of Robyn Hood, performed as an outdoor “theatre hike”
z Photo Gallery (UPDATED MARCH 2008)
Photos of Robyn Hood in performance
z Shakespeare’s Historians on Robin Hood
Holinshed, Stowe and other historians of Shakespeare’s day on the legendary thief and his place in history
z A Speculative Chronology of William Shakespeare’s Life & Times
Actor, lover, writer, rebel—and
murder victim? Take a trip
through Shakespeare’s amazing life and times! This unique, year-by-year
chronology isn’t afraid to poke around in the shadows and take an occasional stab
in the dark. What roles might Shakespeare have played on stage? Was he
connected with the Gunpowder Plot to assassinate King James? Was
z E Are you a producer? Click here.
z E Are you a bookseller? Click here.
z E Are you an actor? Click here.
z Robin Hood, Bold Outlaw of Barnsdale and Sherwood
z Ben Turner’s Robin Hood Page
z Amy Munno’s Robin Hood Page
z The Robin Hood Project at the
z The World Wide Robin Hood Society
z The Legend of Robin Hood
z The Outlaw Robin Hood — His
. . . Shakespeare . . .
z Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
z Shakespeare’s Complete Works
z Shakespeare’s Life and Times
. . . and Renaissance faires
z Sir Clisto Seversword’s Tome of Adventure & Knowledge
z Robyn’s Roost
Meredith Siemsen as Marian rouses the troops in the
“FUN, LIGHT-HEARTED, AUTHENTIC . . .
A good old-fashioned romp . . . with deliciously Elizabethan language, amusing tongue-in-cheek repartee, and all of the old hallmarks of our favorite tale. . . . Robin Hood is a superior treatment of the Robin Hood myth . . . ."
~Jessica Paige, The Green Man Review
“UNIQUE . . .
Robin Hood successfully captures the Elizabethan Bard's style, both in storytelling and dialogue. Plenty of action, romance, humor, heroes, villains and a saucy maid or two!"
~Margaret Carspecken, Shadows of Sherwood
“FASCINATING . . . INTRIGUING . . .
. . . Close to Shakespeare in the sheer level of wit and playfulness . . . .”
~Allen W. Wright, Robin Hood - Bold Outlaw of Barnsdale & Sherwood
A Fancyfull Historie of Robin Hood brings to life a story that’s bred into our bones, and tells it the way it has longed to be told: in the ennobling style of Shakespearean drama.
All the classic characters are here, plucked from legend, literature and the pages of history itself: the noble King Richard the Lion-Heart, a fugitive in his own land…the daring and beautiful Lady Marian, who risks her life to save the King’s ransom…Queen Elinor, pulling the strings in a treacherous game of royal power and political intrigue…Earl John of Oxford, whose envy of his lion-hearted brother drives him to treason…Will Scarlock, the outlaw with a rough exterior that hides a wounded heart…the flim-flam Friar Tuck, who faithfully shepherds his flock—straight to the nearest pub!…Nature’s nobleman Little John, the truest friend a man could have…Sir Richard de la Lee, “the good old knight of Wakefield,” whose journey from wealth to ruin and back again is one of the oldest Robin Hood tales of all…Falconberg, the Sheriff of Nottingham, whose blood-thirsty ambition claims the lives of Robin’s kin…and, of course, Robin of Locksley himself—“he of the eagle eye and the arrow keen”—who battles both the enemies of the King and the demons of his own troubled soul.
While A Fancyfull Historie of Robin Hood was
written by a
For more information about Robyn Hood, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robin Hood of Barnsdale Wood is an abridged version of A
Fancyfull Historie… that has been performed at various outdoor venues
Robin Hood of Barnsdale Wood is essentially the same as the full-length version of Robin Hood minus the subplots and indoor scenes. Performance rights are controlled by the author, who can provide details regarding cuts as well as a few script changes that can help the play along. For information, contact email@example.com or click here to visit Theatre Hike’s website.
Robin Hood is available in a $14.95 trade paperback edition from your favorite online bookseller—which might be one of these: amazon.com, Booksamillion, Barnes and Noble, fatbrain.com, iUniverse.com, smartshop.com or Wal-Mart.
Title: “A Fancyfull Historie of That
Most Notable & Fameous Outlaw Robyn Hood”
Author: Scott Lynch-Giddings
Publisher: Writers Club Press, an imprint of iUniverse.com
Drama/Poetry ISBN: 0-595-18078-7
Trade Paperback Publication Date: July 2001
Size: 6″ x 9″ On Demand Printing
167 Pages Price: $14.95 (
To order direct from the publisher, call toll-free 1-877-823-9235 or visit www.iuniverse.com.
“You speak a mighty oak for such an acorn!”
Scarlock (Paul Connell) squares off against a disguised Lady Marian
(Roxanne Fay) in Act IV sc.iii
of Robin Hood. (photo
credit: Equity Library Theatre)
Robin Hood was first performed by a cast of 14 men and 4 women, though the play’s length and cast can vary through editing and doubling of roles (see Robin Hood of Barnsdale Wood). Language, running time, costumes and props are all like those of a typical Shakespearean production.
A Fancyfull Historie of That Most Notable & Fameous Outlaw Robyn Hood and Robin Hood of Barnsdale Wood are protected by federal copyright law. Performance rights are retained by the author. For royalty and other production information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Sheet music for the songs in the play can be provided for no additional fee.
Robin Hood is a unique source for Shakespearean-style monologues that casting directors have never heard before. The roles of Robin, Earl John, the Sheriff and Lady Marian all offer material to showcase your language skills in a brand-new “classical” piece that will make the typical ho-hum auditor sit up and take notice. For script samples, click here.
Chicago actor/playwright Scott Lynch-Giddings has acted on stage in productions of Hamlet, Henry V, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors and As You Like It among others—including Robin Hood. Other playwriting credits include the wild comedy Argonuts: Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece, published by Baker’s Plays in 2009, and Louisa’s Little Women, a unique adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel co-authored with Beth Lynch and available from Eldridge Publishing.
Click here to learn about the latest play by
Scott Lynch-Giddings, the legend-bending comedy . . .
Argonuts: Jason & the Quest for the Golden Fleece
Original artwork: Dan Giddings [ Web host: Omnis Network LLC