While younger audience members will find plenty to shout about, the classic story struggles to take shape as a panto
Generic good guy … Shorelle Hepkin in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood. Photograph: Darren Robinson Photography
We could certainly do with a bit of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor right now, but if you’re looking for a levelling up manifesto, you won’t find it at the Coliseum. Weirdly – or should that be typically? – the only one who complains of being hard up in this pantomime is the Sheriff of Nottingham, comfortably the richest character on stage.
Played by Liz Carney in a wickedly purple suit, she is motivated entirely by the acquisition of wealth, threatening the lives of the eponymous babes and the freedom of Robin Hood in her pursuit of cash. Nobody else shows the least concern for money.