Reviewed by David Savage
If you go down to the woods today you may stumble across a teddy bear’s picnic or better still come across Ha Ha Hood and the Prince of Leaves – “The funniest farce in the Forest!”
Last night we visited the Grove Theatre in Dunstable to see the latest instalment of the hilariously funny Ha Ha shows written by Ben Langley. Ha Ha Hood and the Prince of Leaves stars Su Pollard (Hi-de-Hi) and comedy duo Cannon and Ball with Ben Langley and Andy Pickering.
Ha Ha Hood continues the story of Robin Hood (Ben Langley) 10 years after Robin divorced Maid Marian (Su Pollard) and defeated the Sheriff of Nottingham. After the sheriff (Tommy Cannon) has been released from prison, Robin and Marian are forced back together again along with his 2 remaining Merry Men, Friar Tuck (Bobby Ball) and Little John, to once again save the citizens of Nottingham!
Overall, Ha Ha Hood is an extremely funny comedy farce with some musical numbers (like Su Pollard ordering a curry to the tune of Nessun Dorma and Ben Langley singing “Show Them To Me” a song about getting women to take off their bras and expose their “fun-bags”, his words not mine) that will leave you laughing out loud until your jaw aches. With jokes and sketches from enemas to splitting tights, bodily functions and exercising with Robin’s big balls it’s a mixture of slapstick and panto. With forgotten lines and things going wrong (not always by accident) it will leave everyone from the youngest to the oldest laughing out loud. And of course with lots of audience participation prepare to play a part in the show or even to be dragged up on stage.
Ben Langley as the energetic Robin Hood is absolutely brilliant. Su Pollard along with Cannon and Ball are excellent as the rest of the cast (NHS nurse, Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Little John, Sheriff of Nottingham, Guy of Gisborne). The cast seem to enjoy themselves as much as the audience do and Bobby Ball’s cheekiness and charm is still the same as I remember when I used to see him on television all those years ago with his “Rock on Tommy” catchphrase.
If you have never seen a Ha Ha show before you are missing out on a fun night of entertainment and Ha Ha Hood will not leave you disappointed. An fantastic show that is not be missed. If the show is coming to a venue near you book your tickets now!
Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, LU5 4GP | Box Office 01582 602080