Twang!! The Musical

★★★★★Twang!! The Musical
Robin and his Merry Men
There’s an old joke that goes, ‘I looked up fun in the dictionary, and it said, see money.’ That punchline should now be rewritten to say, ‘see Twang!! ’ Julian Woolford’s reworking of Lionel Bart’s 1960’s historical/musical flop is a complete hoot - an incredible, fun-filled, witty production, proving the point that history can successfully be rewritten.

Loosely based on the legend of Robin Hood and his merry men, the plot revolves around, and I quote, ‘Robin Hood who has lost his twang, much to the delight of the Sheriff of Nottingham. What transpires is a hilarious tale of green tights, budding romances and questionable northern accents as Robin desperately searches for his lost motivation…’

Peter Noden and Kweena Carvey
While incorporating Lionel Bart’s original score, together with a running joke featuring Sir Cliff Richard’s 1959 top-selling ‘Living Doll’, the production is stuffed-full of hysterical, cleverly-constructed references to musical theatre – Cabaret, Les Mis, A Chorus Line, Chicago to name but a few!

That having been said, the ultimate success of Twang!! is the brilliance of Bryan Hodgson’s slick direction and Mitchell Harper’s inventive choreography of the sixteen-strong cast who attack the piece with complete gusto and unreserved enthusiasm. Leading his merry, camp men is Peter Noden as Robin who holds this romp together, but it is difficult not to talk about everybody in this knock-out ensemble. There are standout performances from Kane Verral as Will Scarlett, Christian Lunn as Little John and Louie Westwood as Friar Tuck. Jessica Brady gives a funny, larger-than-life yet touching performance as Delphina, the love interest to the shy and ‘musically-confused’ Much, enchantingly played by Joe Rose.

Joe Rose and Jessica Brady
Lionel Bart’s score, with excellent orchestration by Richard John and Oli Jackson, is under the skilled care of Henry Brennan. Sadly, I would like to say more about him but would have to issue a spoiler alert – so you’ll simply have to go!

Twang!! is a smart, witty and entirely refreshing piece of musical theatre with serious laugh-out-loud moments, delivered by a wonderfully gifted company. Without a doubt, this production deserves a life after the Union and let’s hope that a small West End theatre (Ambassadors?) can be found soon. But, in the meantime, don’t hesitate or you’ll miss out on the best fun and, what will surely become a cult classic!!
Dates 11th April - 5th May 2018
Times Tuesday to Saturday @ 7.30pm
Saturday and Sunday @ 2.30pm


Full Price £22.50
Concessions £20

Cast and Creatives


Robin Hood
Peter Noden

Kweeva Garvey

Joe Rose

Jessica Brady

Sheriff of Nottingham
Christopher Hewitt

Little John
Christian Lunn

Will Scarlett
Kane Verrall

Hob of the Hill
Stephen Collins

Lady Elphaba
Victoria Nicol

Sir Guy
Edward Court

Lady Dolly
Francesca Pim

Dance Captian
Micah Holmes

Friar tuck
Louis Westwood

Chris Draper

Prince John
Lewis McBean

James Hudson


Bryan Hodgson

Mitchell Harper

Musical Director
Henry Brennan

Set Designer
Jonny Rust/Justin Williams

Lighting Designer
Ben Jacobs

Costume Designer
Penn O'Gara

Sasha Regan

Associate Producer
Alexander Parker