The Heart of Robin Hood
A.R.T. Season
December 11, 2013 - January 19, 2014
"smashing new treatment of the legend”
Evening Standard

In this spectacular rendition of the English legend, the notorious Robin Hood and his band of merry men steal from the rich, but refuse to share with the oppressed peasantry. As the wicked Prince John threatens all of England, it is down to Marion to boldly protect the poor and convert Robin Hood from outlaw to hero. First seen at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2011, this new production is filled with high adventure, epic romance, amazing fight choreography, and an original score inspired by contemporary folk music.

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"The Heart of Robin Hood" at the A.R.T.

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Creative team
by David Farr
Music by Poor Old Shine
Lyrics by Poor Old Shine, David Farr
Directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson
Set Designer Börkur Jónsson
Costume Designer Emma Ryott
Lighting Designer Björn Helgason
Sound Designer Jonathan Deans
Music Director Kris Kukul
Fight Director Joe Bostick
Casting Telsey + Company
Associate Director Selma Björnsdóttir
Stage Manager Mahlon Kruse
Gisborne's Henchman/Soldier/Prison Guard Moe Alafrangy
Sarah Summers Claire Candela
Jethro Summers Andrew Cekala
Little John Jeremy Crawford
Robin Hood Jordan Dean
Will Scathlock Zachary Eisenstat
Guy of Gisborne/George LeBrun/Duke of York/Bishop David Michael Garry
Much Daniel Berger-Jones
Marion Christina Bennett Lind
Plug the Dog/Townswoman/Soldier/Rebecca Summers Laura Sheehy
Pierre Christopher Sieber
Makepeace/Friar/Robert Summers/French Lord/Confessor/Wild Boar/Lord Falconbury Louis Tucci
Alice/Lady LeBrun/French Lady/Lady Falconbury/Soldier Katrina Yaukey
Prince John Damian Young
Additional staff
Assistant Stage Manager Taylor Brennan
Voice and Dialects Nancy Houfek
Assistant Voice and Dialects

Jeremy Sortore

Fight Captain Jeremy Crawford
A.R.T. Production Dramaturg

Alexandra Juckno

Production Assistant

Zach Tucker

Production Interns

Joey Longstreet, Susanna Wolk

Music Intern

Josh Bean

Special Thanks

Barry and Fran Weissler, David Mirvish, Alecia Parker, Brian Sewell,

David Mucci, B.J. Holt, Daniel Posener, Nadia DiGiallonardo, Sam Kassirer,

Digico, d&b audiotechnik, Meyer Sound, Sound Associates,

and Hilary Missan and Boston Casting

A state of wonder sets in even before the actors appear in the deliriously enjoyable American Repertory Theater production of “The Heart of Robin Hood” at the Loeb Drama Center in Harvard Square through January 19th. More

Farr's fusion of English legend and Shakespearean comedy is a pretty neat trick. And the set, by Gardarsson's Reykjavik-based colleague Börkur Jónsson, is a splendid mix of outsized greenery, creaking castle architecture, Alice in Wonderland whimsy, and funhouse obstacle course complete with pond. This production adds to the Christmas-panto story and droll, athletic shenanigans an infectious score played live by Connecticut-based roots band Poor Old Shine, with lyrics by the talented musicians and Farr. What it all adds up to, if not Errol Flynn or Ivanhoe, is a magical, rough-hewn delight. More

I found myself gasping before anything happened. Entering the theater I was plunged into an all-enveloping deep, dark, mysterious, magical forest, giant trees arching upward, with leaved branches curling out over the audience, above a three-quarter thrust stage, tapestried to look like the forest floor. It was thrilling, the beauty of it. More

There may never have been a more purely entertaining production at the American Repertory Theater than “The Heart of Robin Hood.” More

What a wonderful theatrical gift for the Holiday season. More

It’s a romance, a comedy and a drama. It has swashbuckling, cross-dressing and acrobatics, a clarinet-playing mute and baddies straight out of “The Road Warrior.” There’s even an American roots band that looks like it wandered over from “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” or maybe just Davis Square. By the time of its final glorious romantic tableau, it will be a rare theatergoer who’s not won over. More

For someone who claims he never really liked theater, Gisli Örn Gardarsson certainly knows how to turn a rehearsal room into a fabulous playground. Actors hang upside down from high ropes, performing feats not meant for the acrophobic. The Icelandic director is here re-creating his production of “The Heart of Robin Hood” at the American Repertory Theater, and he has a mischievous glint in his eye as he talks about elves and circus tricks and his unlikely affection for a certain crashing chandelier. More

Press Releases

Cambridge, MA — The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, Diane Paulus, Artistic Director, is pleased to announce that its production of The Heart of Robin Hood, written by David Farr, featuring original music performed on-stage by Parsonsfield and directed by acclaimed Icelandic theater artist Gísli Örn Gardarsson, will open at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Previews begin on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The production will play a strictly limited engagement through Sunday, August 23, 2015.
For Immediate Release: December 12, 2013 Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-496-2000x8841     American Repertory Theater Announces Schedule and Teams for American Sign Language...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 3, 2013 Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-495-2668   American Repertory Theater Hosts Food Drive During the Holiday Run of THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD at...

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Run time

2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission.


64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Need to know

Recommended ages 10+ or grade 5+
For Parents and Teachers:
First seen at the  Royal Shakespeare Company in 2011, where it was very popular with families, our new production is fun, thrilling, and full of action. Although it ends happily, the play does contain some scary situations and stylized violence, including a beheading. The themes are akin to a Young Adult book classification (i.e. Harry Potter) and would be appropriate for middle school children and those with a sense of adventure and fun. 
This production contains fog/haze and strobe lights. 

 ASL Dates: 

January 7, 7:30PM
January 12, 2:00PM


 Audio Described Dates: 

January 8, 7:30PM*
January 11, 2:00PM*

*Touch tour 1 hour prior


Post-performance talkback dates include after the matinees on:

1/15 (after 11:00AM performance)


Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

Partnership with Greater Boston Food Bank

The story of The Heart of Robin Hoodwhich inspires sharing with those in need, deeply resonates with the very real lack of food and other basic resources among many members of our own community.  As such, the A.R.T. is inviting audience members of the production as well as other local individuals to celebrate the spirit of the holidays and the legend of Robin Hood by donating non-perishable food and toiletries at a designated drop site in the Loeb Drama Center between December 11 and January 19.


  • Dairy: Milk - dried, evaporated, and boxed (such as Parmalat)
  • Protein: Beef stew, nuts, peanut butter, beans, and peas (dried or canned), chili, tuna fish, chicken, salmon (canned)
  • Vegetables: Tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, vegetables (canned), tomato juice
  • Fruit: Raisins and other dried fruit, applesauce, any canned fruit in its own juice
  • Grains: Crackers, oatmeal, whole grain rice, all types of pasta, ready to eat low sugar/high fiber cereal (Cheerios, Raisin Bran, etc.)
  • We cannot accept donations of baby food or pet food.

In 2012, the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) distributed almost 41 million pounds of food, enough to provide healthy meals to as many as 545,000 people in Eastern Massachusetts.  Within the Cambridge community alone, the Greater Boston Food Bank serves approximately 10,000 people per month, donating food to 11 food pantries, 8 soup kitchens and 3 homeless shelters.  On average, the GBFB provides 68% of the food supplies for Cambridge-based anti-hunger organizations.