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Young Robin Hood

Jon Klein
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Travel to Sherwood Forest for some swashbuckling fun in this rousing new version of the classic adventure story. Long before he robbed from the rich to give to the poor, the famed archer was just another teenager honing his skills. The King is off on the Crusades and Nottingham is at the mercy of the corrupt Sheriff, who twists the law and persecutes the poor. When his dad is falsely imprisoned, Robin must step up and orchestrate a rescue mission. Friendship is tested and new alliances are formed as Robin fights tyranny and injustice, with the unexpected help of the Sheriff’s feisty daughter, Marian.

Production Info

Cast: 11 total (4 female, 7 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes

Press Quotes

“Heroes our culture can’t stop recycling: James Bond. Batman. And, though you may not have thought about this … Robin Hood. Errol Flynn, Sean Connery, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Mel Brooks, Sinatra’s Rat Pack, the fox in the animated Disney movie — these and many more have taken a stab at the fable of the noble forest archer who robs from the rich and gives to the poor. The twist in Jon Klein’s new play is that Robin’s a teen, and the story is geared to family theaters. That’s a growth niche, and Klein’s YOUNG ROBIN HOOD stands a good chance of becoming a staple. Klein makes the expected updates — you don’t have to be a white male to get a good role in this show — and gives young Robin an early adventure against Nottingham’s flamboyantly villainous sheriff … YOUNG ROBIN HOOD swashbuckles along with the brisk, nearly mindless efficiency of a popcorn picture. Klein’s scripts have been known to hit the mysterious sweet spot for regional theaters … YOUNG ROBIN HOOD is nothing if not playable.” —Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post

About the Author


  • Jon Klein

    Jon Klein is the author of over thirty produced plays, produced Off-Broadway and at many prestigious regional theatres, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage in D.C., Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, Center Stage in Baltimore, South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Alley Theatre in Houston, A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, Seattle Children's Theatre, and many others. He is probably best known for his play T BONE N WEASEL, which has received over a hundred productions at regional theatres throughout the US, and which he adapted for a TNT Network film, starring Gregory Hines and Christopher Lloyd. T BONE N WEASEL received several awards after its premiere at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, including an HBO Playwrights USA Award. Jon is also the author of the only authorized stage adaptation of the famous children's book BUNNICULA by James and Deborah Howe, which has received over a hundred productions in the US and Canada, including a national tour. The critically acclaimed (and Helen Hayes nominated) YOUNG ROBIN HOOD recently received its world premiere at the Roundhouse Theatre in Bethesda, MD. DIMLY PERCEIVED THREATS TO THE SYSTEM (finalist for the American Theatre Critics' Association Award, at Arena Stage, South Coast Rep and many others) and BETTY THE YETI (another entry at the Humana Festival in Louisville) also continue to be frequently produced. Two recent plays, SUGGESTIBILITY and WISHING WELL, recently premiered at the Victory Theatre in Burbank. Other plays that have received major productions around the country include OCTOPUS (Contemporary American Theatre Festival, WV), PEORIA (Woolly Mammoth Theatre, DC), SOUTHERN CROSS (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta), THE EINSTEIN PROJECT (co-authored with Paul D'Andrea, at Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge), FOUR OUR FATHERS (A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle), THE RED AND THE BLACK (adaptation of the Stendhal novel, also at A Contemporary Theatre), and LOSING IT (winner of the Dramatists Guild/CBS New Play Award, Off-Broadway and at Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Chicago). Jon is married to Laura Annawyn Shamas, playwright, essayist and mythologist.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 8/21/2015
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881456349

Special Notes

Special Notes

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The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Young Robin Hood is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC

Production Video and Stills

Production Video and Stills

YOUNG ROBIN HOOD in production at the Round House Theatre

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Joe Isenberg as Robin in the Round House Theatre production


Craig Wallace as William Fitzooth and Joe Isenberg as Robin in the Round House Theatre production