"Robin Hood to the rescue!"

"★★★★ 4 out of 5 stars! A fun family production full of action
— Patti Roberts, Sacramento News & Review


"Pursuing persuasive parallels between Robin Hood & rowdy Prince Hal, intrepid Rosalind & resourceful Maid Marian, Robin Hood heartily recalls its great inspiration
— Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Tribune


"Follow the intricacies and delights of a Shakespearean script you’ve never heard before—an almost unimaginable experience for Bardophiles!
— Susan Pellowe, Plays International

"Wordplay and swordplay!"

"Smiles and thrills, romance and rough housing (united by) the articulate and uncluttered text, its lyricism recalling 16th-century verse
— Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times

"Hits the bull's eye!"

"Shakespeare’s spirit echoes throughout the nimbly composed play with its wordplay and bawdy puns, plot twists and disguises
— Barbara Vitello, Chicago Daily Herald

The classic tale of Robin Hood finally gets the telling it deserves: in the high style of Shakespearean drama!

>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 Chicago playwright in the mid-1990’s, it looks, sounds and acts as if it were written by an English playwright in the mid-1590’s.

In fact, “William Shakspeare's Robin Hood” was its tongue-in-cheek title when it premiered at Chicago Dramatists Workshop in 1995. In that Equity Library Theatre production, Robin Hood was staged with a cast of 14 men and 4 women, but the play’s length and cast size can vary through editing and doubling of roles.

Language, running time, costumes and props are all like those of a typical Shakespearean production. It makes Robin Hood the perfect alternative for Shakespeare festivals, repertory companies and Renaissance faires looking for something new to offer their audiences.

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More about Robin Hood, Shakespeare — and Greek mythology?

Shakespeare's Life & Times

Shakespeare's Life & Times

Actor, lover, writer, rebel—and murder victim? Take a trip through Shakespeare’s amazing life and times. Click above to visit a unique, year-by-year chronology that isn’t afraid to poke around in the shadows—and take an occasional stab in the dark!
Renaissance Historians on Robin Hood

Renaissance Historians on Robin Hood

Elements of the tradition evolved over time. Who is the Robin Hood that Shakespeare would have known? To find out, click on the link above to explore the popular histories of his day.
A Comedy of Tragic Proportions!

A Comedy of Tragic Proportions!

Click above to learn about the latest play by Scott Lynch-Giddings: a legend-bending adventure with Jason and his amazing ARGONUTS!
★★★★ 4 out of 5 stars! ROBIN HOOD COMES TO THE RESCUE as part of the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival . . . (featuring) that classic language, ambience and story line that bookends nicely with the festival’s other offering, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. A fun family production full of action. . . .”
— Patti Roberts, Sacramento News & Review (July 2009)

     The critics were convinced at Robin Hood’s Chicago premiere:

"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!”
Chicago Tribune

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!”
Plays International
      And critics renewed their praise of Robin Hood in its “engaging, high-spirited revival”* at Oak Park Festival Theatre!

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 Chicago 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 . . . 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 Chicago, ChicagoCritic.com

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 Chicago actor Scott Lynch-Giddings’s remarkable Shakespeare imitation . . .”
— Lawrence Bommer, Theater Editor,Chicago Free Press

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! . . . 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
     Online literary critics and Robin Hood aficionados, too, have been unstinting in their praise:

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

Other plays by Scott Lynch-Giddings

Coming soon (if you’re lucky!) to a stage near you . . .

"ARGONUTS" A Comedy of Tragic Proportions by Scott Lynch-Giddings

Loosely based on the epic poem “Argonautika” by Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonuts recounts the ancient myth of Jason and the Argonauts— a crew of heroes including the likes of Orpheus, Castor, Pollux, and Hercules himself—who sailed the Aegean Sea on a daring quest for the Golden Fleece.

And yet, while the story comes from the canon of classical Greek literature, this is no staid poetry reading. Instead, it’s a wild comedy with a cast of nearly 40 characters, ranging from a half-man/half-horse centaur to a hot-tempered but insecure bronze giant. Combined with a little music, a slideshow, and a ten-foot snake puppet, Argonuts is that all-too-rare commodity for any high school or community group: a fast-paced, unpredictable, and genuinely hilarious show!

Argonuts is published & licensed for production by Samuel French Inc.

To preview scenes from the script, click here.

To email an inquiry regarding Argonuts, click here.

To get the script, click here.