Review: Robin Hood at Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent *

It is that time of the year again! Oh yes it is!  This time we travel to Regent Theatre in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent to watch our favourite panto stars Jonathan Wilkes and Christian Patterson bring the story of Robin Hood to our doors.  We, just like many others at the opening show have been heading to Regent Theatre for many years and you would think that after a while that their panto would start getting a little dull and predictable.  Well, predictable was not the word of the night!  Oh no it wasn’t!   Directed by Christian Patterson himself and produced by Qdos Entertainment, audiences were taken on a roller coaster journey of laughter,  3D special effects and by the end of the night, we had all turned into merry men and women of Stokingham!

 

It is Jonny Wilkes’s 13th year performing at the Regent Theater and he started the show in style ala wrecking ball as he made a grand entrance (which got the crowds in hysterics) with his favourite phrase this time “Ay up, Robin”

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Here is Christian who plays Friar Tuck, and this is his 10th year performing at the Regent Theatre and he was really hilarious.

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The fantastic and talented cast who kept us in stitches all night long. Petter Bonner who plays Little John (on the far right) was just super cute.

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Our favourite star of the night, Delme Thomas who was totally Amaze-balls and performed his character Will Scarlet so well! Let’s just say he brought a lot of fabulosity into his character!

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Finley Guy plays the beautiful Maid Marion, her singing voice is truly captivating

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Rebecca Lisewski plays the Spirit of Sherwood and made her entrance onto the stage seem seamless every time she appeared. She also has an amazing singing voice!

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Fantastic visual effects with even better 3D effects, this had my son scared to his wits but my daughter loved every minute of the 3D effect, when we were taken through the Forbidden Forest. Brace yourself for lots of great slapstick comedy as the panto is filled with lots of nuance with double meaning (for kids and adults), as well as banter and audience participation.  There was a lot of reference to Stoke-on-Trent which the audiences could easily relate to.  The beautiful costumes and amazing backdrop turned the set into something so magical.  The clever use of lighting only meant that each set change was done seamlessly.  Quality performance and an outstanding cast, totally worth every penny you spend on the tickets.

The ensemble consisting of Aaron Bryan, Spencer Darlaston-Jones, Keir Hylands, Emmy-Jo Munro, Georgia Phelps, Grace Proctor, Adam Robertson and Poppy Stribley were equally professional and the dance moves were choreographed beautifully by Jonny’s wife (Nikki Wheeler).

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Kai Owen returns again to wow us, this time as The Sheriff of Stokingham. He is so loved that each time he enters the stage the crowds boos him to show their affection. Many of you would remember him as Abanazar from last year’s panto Aladdin.

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What can we say? Heading to the panto, has become a tradition in most families and synonymous to Christmas. It is most probably any child’s first theatrical experience and one which will stay with them as they grow old.  Heading to Regent Theatre to watch Robin Hood, the arrow-shooting hero and his merry men was just magical, especially when we watched our children’s facial expression during the show….it was just priceless!  The backdrop, costumes, orchestra, and determination of the cast to make every year special and different is simply amazing.  I loved how they celebrate Stoke-on-Trent and its people and are not afraid to push the boundaries to ensure audience participation.  We all left the theatre buzzing and as we drove back, my kids’ were singing ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ as Jonny had taught them. Book your tickets if you still have not, its a panto which you won’t want to miss as it will be the talk of the town.

 

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How do I book tickets to watch Robin Hood?

Tickets are now on sale and available from the Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or by visiting ATG’s website here.

 

How long is the show for and what are the timings?

The show opened yesterday and will run until Sunday, 6 January 2019. Evening shows are at 7pm while matinee shows will be at 1pm or 2pm.  There will be some morning 11am shows as well as signed / audio performance. Please check ATG’s website for full details on timings. Tickets get sold out pretty quickly, so hurry and book especially if you are doing a family booking and want everyone to sit together.

 

How much do the tickets cost?

Tickets are priced from £13.90 to £33.90

 

You may also want to read this:

Review: The Wind In The Willows at the New Vic Theatre

Review of Dick Whittington the Rock ‘n’ roll panto at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

The Snowman is coming to Victoria Hall in Stoke-on-Trent

 

* Thank you to The Regent Theatre for the production photos. We were also given theatre tickets in return for the review

 

59 Comments

  1. December 16, 2018 / 2:02 am

    Great review for Robin Hood at Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent. Love the vibrant stage performance and the colorful costumes and all characters come to live.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 16, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      You are right, they all did come to live and we loved every moment of it

  2. Monidipa Dutta
    December 16, 2018 / 10:35 am

    I have never been there but I would love to be there. Such a lovely event and play. Seems you had a great time.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 16, 2018 / 8:25 pm

      Yes we did, the whole family had such a wonderful time

  3. December 16, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    Wow fantastic review! Sounds like a must see show, especially during panto season!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 16, 2018 / 8:24 pm

      You are absolutely right Mayah x

  4. December 16, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    It looks like a really fun production, I remember living abroad people would often ask me about our traditions in the UK, especially pantomimes, they just didn’t get it! 😀

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 16, 2018 / 8:24 pm

      Absolutely, and this is something so unique to the UK and such a wonderful tradition too

  5. December 16, 2018 / 8:00 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I love the animated version as well as the live action of Robin Hood. I would for sure go and see this.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 16, 2018 / 8:23 pm

      So glad to hear that, it was a great panto and we really enjoyed it

  6. December 16, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    You got me with 3D effects… I’d love to see it. Thanks!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 17, 2018 / 7:48 am

      Yes the 3D effect was so realistic, especially for kids, they totally love it

  7. Jasmine Hewitt
    December 17, 2018 / 2:04 am

    Awesome review, I love live theater and I wish I could watch this show

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 17, 2018 / 7:48 am

      Thank you Jasmine, the panto will be on until January so plenty of dates still available

  8. December 17, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    I love Robin Hood so I bet this was a really great play! Glad to hear you had such a wonderful time at the theater! xo, Suzanne

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 11:39 am

      Thank you for your comment Suzanne, appreciate it

  9. December 17, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    This sounds like a great show! I love going to the theater. It’s always so much fun.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 11:38 am

      Its wonderful and so magical, an experience which is totally worth it

  10. Kia
    December 17, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    Theater on the holidays is the best, I love this play, sounds wonderful!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 11:38 am

      Yes it was wonderful Kia

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 11:38 am

      Thank you, it does x

  11. December 17, 2018 / 9:56 pm

    It sounds like a fantastic show, with great effects but still the feeling of a panto! I’d love to watch it, I’ve always been a fan of Robin Hood x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 11:37 am

      Hope you do get the chance to catch this, its playing till January at The Regent

  12. December 17, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    This sounds like a lot of fun, I haven’t been to a pantomime in years! The splash of vibrant colours and how they get the audience joining in, love it! It’s definitely a great family day out!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 11:37 am

      Yes it certainly is and we totally loved the experience

  13. December 17, 2018 / 10:51 pm

    Sounds like a great show. I used to visit the panto as a child and remember it was always a brilliant time, made happy memories xx

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 11:37 am

      Yes it does, a lot of kids remember it as their first theatre experience

  14. December 18, 2018 / 2:54 am

    My husband and I have been wanting to see this rendition! Thank you for your review; love Robin Hood!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 11:36 am

      Your welcome, hope you both catch the panto

  15. brittnienicole
    December 18, 2018 / 3:00 am

    This looks like a great adaptation of Robin Hood! The unicorn on the scooter is so funny!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 11:36 am

      Hahahah yes Christian who is Friar Tuck is so so funny

  16. Stephanie Jeannot
    December 18, 2018 / 5:18 am

    The audience participation component sounds really awesome. I could see myself loving this as well.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 11:35 am

      Yes that was the best! We are not giving too much away by saying anymore but trust us…the audience participation is super!

  17. Angela Federica
    December 18, 2018 / 6:59 am

    great review and fantastic photos! Would love to see the show!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 11:34 am

      Thank you, hope you do get the chance to watch it

  18. December 18, 2018 / 9:02 am

    Ah Christmas really is panto time isn’t it! I haven’t been to a good one for many years, so may just try out Robin Hood. I love the costumes!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 11:33 am

      Hope you do Lisa, yes its really fun to watch one, we were laughing the whole time we were there

  19. catherine santiago jose
    December 18, 2018 / 9:28 am

    Such a beautiful review and that really looks like a nice play to watch, I hope to watch this kind of live show and play someday!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 11:33 am

      Hope you do as well Catherine, pantos are great to get you into the festive mood and ready for Christmas and its a tradition in UK

  20. December 18, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    I love the story of Robin hood. It’s one of the classics and my fav!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 9:28 pm

      Absolutely! It’s a tale of legends, bravery and kindness

  21. December 18, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    This looks like it was such a fun show to go and see!!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 9:27 pm

      Yes it is a great panto, we all enjoyed it very much

  22. December 18, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    I have to buy the tickets for my brother and SIL, they would definitely love to go watch this for sure.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 9:26 pm

      Glad to hear that, it would be a nice treat for them

  23. fatima
    December 18, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Wow that looks amazing and I’m sure you had a brilliant time there. Photos look lovely too.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 9:26 pm

      Thank you Fatima, yes the whole family had a fabulous time at the panto

  24. Becca Wilson
    December 19, 2018 / 12:51 am

    This looks like it would be such a fun play. I know that my whole family would really like this.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 8:00 am

      Yes they certainly would Becca

  25. Nailil
    December 19, 2018 / 4:05 am

    This seems like a great time. My family would love this.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 8:00 am

      Absolutely, they definitely would

  26. December 19, 2018 / 10:31 pm

    We love a good panto and so far have seen two this December x Love the backdrops and the costumes and this sounds like a great performance!

  27. December 20, 2018 / 8:21 am

    I love Johnny Wilkes, just wish this were closer as would love to see him in panto

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 21, 2018 / 4:34 pm

      Do make a trip here and stay overnight if you can, its a show not to be missed!

  28. Courtney
    December 20, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    Oooo I just love the story of Robin Hood!! I would love to see this show live!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 21, 2018 / 4:30 pm

      Hope you do get the chance to watch this Courtney!

  29. December 21, 2018 / 10:27 pm

    Wow! This show sounds amazing, something that the whole family could enjoy! Thank you for the review 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 22, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      Your welcome Nati, glad you thought so as well

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