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New Robin Hood Prequel Will Play Broadway's Marquis Theatre

David Farr’s ”The Heart of Robin Hood” is set to open in the 2014-15 season.

A scene from David Farr's The Heart of Robin Hood.
A scene from David Farr's The Heart of Robin Hood.
(© Joan Marcus)

The Heart of Robin Hood, a new play by David Farr, will make its Broadway debut in March at the Marquis Theatre. Directed by the Icelandic theater artist Gísli Örn Gardarsson, the play will begin performances March 10, with an opening night set for March 29. The limited engagement runs through August 23.

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.

Farr's play was originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and ran earlier this year at the American Repertory Theater. The Heart of Robin Hood comes to Broadway following productions in Winnipeg (November 11-December 6 at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre) and Toronto (December 23-March 1 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre).

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.

Casting for the show's Broadway premiere will be announced in the future.