Funniest farce in the forest

Sue Pollard SUS-140729-142005001
Sue Pollard SUS-140729-142005001

Su Pollard (Hi-de-Hi!, You Rang, M’Lord) and comedy duo Cannon and Ball team up for an outrageous side splitting romp which calls in at Eastbourne in the first week of September.

Ha Ha Hood! And The Prince of Leaves is the latest laugh-out-loud production from the Ha Ha! team who had us rolling in the aisles with Ha Ha Holmes!, Ha Ha Hitler! and Ha Ha Hamlet!

Created by Ben Langley, who also takes on the mantle of Robin, Ha Ha Hood! Prince of Leaves gallops into action at Chelmsford with a five-night run before a 61-date national tour from September 4 through to November.

Maid Marian, Nottinghamshire’s feistiest female, who has in the past been brought to life by the likes of screen goddesses Audrey Hepburn, Cate Blanchett and Uma Thurman is now portrayed by Su Pollard, who serves up a world-weary Marian who is definitely more matron than maid!

Tommy Cannon takes on the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and Little John while Bobby Ball, currently starring in TV’s Not Going Out with Lee Mack, doubles up as Friar Tuck and Guy of Gisborne.

Ten years after a messy divorce Robin and Marian are forced back together to fight the Sheriff once more. Little John and Friar Tuck, now considerably older and rougher around the edges, join the merry pair to try and save the citizens of Nottingham...

Ha Ha Hood! Prince of Thieves is on at The Congress Theatre on Monday, September 8.

Question about her role in this production Sue Pollard gave the following answers.

Q: What appealed to you about this production?

A: I knew the Ha Ha! productions had a fantastic cult following and creator Ben Langley had a good reputation in the industry. Then my friend Joe Pasquale, who starred in Ha Ha Holmes! last year, said to me, “It’s great fun. You’ll have a fabulous time!” so I thought, “Give it a go!”. I also really like the way the Ha Ha! brand takes a familiar story or set of characters and puts its own unique stamp on it.

Q: How would you describe your Maid Marian?

A: My Marian is really independent, ballsy and brave. She’s very to the point and strong willed. I far prefer playing a character like that to a poor princess who whimpers and simpers all the time. I can’t wait to get hold of this character!

Q: How does your Marian differ from previous portrayals of the character?

A: My Marian is very different. She’s gutsy. After her divorce from Robin 10 years ago she thought “Get a proper job. I don’t want to be with a bloke who wants to live in the forest up a tree!”. So she is currently working as an NHS nurse at the Nottingham Infirmary. Also, I’ll be talking in a proper Nottinghamshire accent.

Q: Have you worked with Cannon and Ball before? Did you know them already?

A: I love working with Tommy and Bobby. I’d worked with them a couple of times before on variety shows. I think it’s an excellent bit of casting because they have a lot of stage experience and will bring a real strength to the show because they’re such great double act. Bobby teases Tommy all the time!

Q: Why do we keep returning to the legend of Robin Hood?

A: It’s a huge favourite because it’s an eternal myth. The characters have been portrayed in so many different ways throughout the centuries. Audiences know exactly what the story should be, but they don’t know how it will be interpreted. I think it’s enduringly popular because of that.