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The Heart of Robin Hood Postpones Broadway Engagement

The swashbuckling new drama is currently running at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Gabriel Ebert as Robin Hood in David Farr's The Heart of Robin Hood at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre.
(© Joan Marcus)

The Heart of Robin Hood will not be making its way to Broadway this season after all. Directed by the Icelandic theater artist Gísli Örn Gardarsson, David Farr's play was announced to play the Marquis Theatre beginning March 10, with opening night set for March 29. Instead, production has added four extra weeks to its current run at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre, where it will now close March 29.

In a statement, producer David Mirvish said, "We have decided not to rush in to New York this season. The Nederlander Organization had kindly offered us an interim booking at the Marquis Theatre this summer and we now feel that The Heart of Robin Hood would be better served by a venue where we had the potential to play longer than our limited run."

A prequel to the classic English legend, The Heart of Robin Hood follows the title character and his band of outlaws as they steal from the rich but fail to share their spoils with the poor. They become widely disliked throughout the land while citizens are forced to pay unfair taxes to the evil Prince John, who plots to steal his brother's crown. Through this time of social and political upheaval, Marion must come to the aid of the poor and convince Robin to listen to his heart if he wishes to save the country from ruin.

The Toronto company is led by Gabriel Ebert as Robin Hood and Euan Morton as Prince John, with Izzie Steele as Marion and Christian Lloyd as Pierre. The ensemble is made up of Anna Bartlam, Richard Clarkin, Jeremy Crawford, Zachary Eisenstat, Paul Essiembre, Amariah Faulkner, Troy Feldman, Martin Julien, Tristan Mackid, Katelyn McCulloch, Meguire McRae-King, Carson Reaume, Sarah Schenkkan, Stephen Michael Spencer, Darcy Stewart, and Tate Yap.

The creative team includes set design by Borkur Jonsson, costume design by Emma Ryott, lighting design by Bjorn Helgason, and sound design by Jonathan Deans. Walter Bobbie serves as creative consultant.