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Swindon Advertiser: Let’s Find Out What Mrs Hood Did Next

October 30th, 2014

swindonad14cAfter defeating the sheriff of Nottingham, Robin Hood and his beloved Marian lived happily after – or so we were wrongly led to believe. Ha Ha Hood! And The Prince of Leaves, the latest laugh-out-loud production from the Ha Ha! team, will set the record straight when it opens at the Wyvern Theatre on Saturday..

“This is EastEnders in Sherwood Forrest,” said the comedy icon, most famous for hit BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi. “It makes a nice change to have a twist on the characters of folklore. It’s so much fun…”.

• Continue reading at the Swindon Advertiser. (Photo © Swindon Advertiser)

Wimbledon Guardian: Su Interview

October 30th, 2014

wimbledongn14aA new interview with Su, published by the Wimbledon Guardian. Ha Ha Hood! plays the New Wimbledon Theatre on Sunday 9th November.

Friar Tuck and Little John come to the New Wimbledon Theatre as you’ve never seen them before

Louisa Clarence-Smith catches up with comedy icon Su Pollard (Hi-de-Hi!, You Rang, M’Lord), ahead of the show.

Louisa Clarence-Smith: What appealed to you about this production?

Su Pollard: I knew that the Ha Ha! productions had a fantastic cult-following and that the creator Ben Langley had a good reputation in the industry. Then my friend Joe Pasquale, who starred in Ha Ha Holmes! last year, said to me, “It’s great fun. You’ll have a fabulous time!” so I thought, “Give it a go!”. I also really like the way the Ha Ha! brand takes a familiar story or set of characters and puts its own unique stamp on it.

• Continue reading at the Wimbledon Guardian.

Ha Ha Hood!: Su Pollard and Ben Langley Take A Bow (And Arrow)

October 30th, 2014

Su and Ben Langley chat about Ha Ha Hood!, in a new video interview at You Tube.

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Ha Ha Hood!: ‘What’s Good To Do’ Review

October 30th, 2014

wgtd14aSt. George’s Hall, Bradford

Following other notable successes in Ben Langley’s “Ha Ha” series, including Ha Ha Hamlet, Ha Ha Hitler and Ha Ha Holmes, comes Ha Ha Hood – Prince of Leaves. Set in Sherwood Forest, 10 years after we last left Robin and Marian, Ha Ha Hood is a low-tech parody panto type show that, given the cast of Cannon and Ball along with Su Pollard, delivers pretty much what would be expected.

… We had a fantastic evening, I will be looking out for the next instalment in the Ha Ha series. Rating: 4/5

• Continue reading at What’s Good To Do.

Herald Express: Sitcom Icon Su Pollard Plays A Feisty Maid Marian

October 30th, 2014

heraldexpress14bSitcom icon Su Pollard plays a feisty Maid Marian as you’ve never seen her before…

Enjoy the funniest farce in the forest when Ha Ha Hood and the Prince of Leaves gallops into the Princess Theatre, Torquay, on November 2.

The show, based on Robin Hood and his merry men, stars Su Pollard, Cannon and Ball plus Ben Langley and Andy Pickering. The comic romp isn’t your usual Robin Hood tale… it has a major twist. It’s set 10 years after the messy divorce betweenRobin and Marian, who are forced back together to fight the Sheriff once more.

Little John and Friar Tuck, now considerably older and rougher around the edges, join the merry pair to try to save the citizens of Nottingham.

“I’ve never done anything like it in my career,” said Su. “There’s a bit of farce, stand up, drag, sketches, singing dancing and telling the story…”.

• Continue reading at the Herald Express.

For Better Or For Worse: Episode Six @ BBC iPlayer

October 30th, 2014

fbofw13bThe sixth episode of For Better or For Worse is now available to listen to at BBC iPlayer.

The episode will remain online until Thursday 27th November (BBC iPlayer, the TV and radio catch-up service, has just extended its programme availability from one week to 30 days).

The seventh episode airs next Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning and will also be available at iPlayer after it is broadcast.

For Better Or For Worse: BBC Radio 4 Extra: Wednesday 5th November: 5.00pm
For Better Or For Worse: BBC Radio 4 Extra: Thursday 6th November: 5.00am
Series One, Episode 7 of 8. A day trip to France brings buried memories to the surface for Bernard. Stars Su Pollard and Gorden Kaye. From March 1993.

North Somerset Times: Robin Hood Is Re-Imagined

October 30th, 2014

nst14aRobin Hood is re-imagined and reinvented in a staging of Ha Ha Hood at Weston’s Playhouse theatre, starring Su Pollard alongside comedy duo Cannon and Ball.

The farcical play is set in Nottingham’s Sherwood Forest and tells the tale of everyday life for the legendary character and his band of merry men. But suddenly this is turned upside down and Robin and Marian are forced to co-operate with each other, after they divorced, to fight the evil Sheriff.

This is a decade after their very messy separation and plans do not go so smoothly, as bickering is aplenty.

• Continue reading at North Somerset Times.

Su, Pete & Ben in Skegness

October 30th, 2014

A fab photo of Su, Pete (Bobby Ball’s Ha Ha Hood! understudy) and Ben backstage at the Embassy Theatre when Ha Ha Hood! visited Skegness last Saturday. Click on the photo to view another. (Thanks to Ben Harris for sharing his photos)

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Native Monster: My Perfect Weekend: Su Pollard

October 27th, 2014

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Hi-Di-Hi star Su Pollard will line-up with Cannon and Ball and Ben Langley for a new production of Ha Ha Hood.

It comes to Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn on Monday and Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre on Thursday and follows the hugely successful UK tour of Ha Ha Holmes in 2013. Pollard stars as Maiden Marian. We caught up with the actress to find out what makes her Perfect Weekend.

It’s Friday afternoon, what’s on your mind?

The luxury of having two full days off.  I almost don’t know what to do with the freedom, but I am very quick at making up my mind and I might just call half a dozen mates who live locally and say ‘do you fancy lunch’ and we will have lunch at 1pm and might get back at 8pm, which is Saturday taken care of.

Who normally has the pleasure of your company at the weekends? 

It varies. Sometimes I will go to see my mum Hilda, who lives in a little village in Lincolnshire and learn lines or dance on the beach, or see friends locally or farther afield. I try not to have too much of a routine because once I sign a theatrical contract I am in it for a year and my time is quite regulated.

• Continue reading at Native Monster.

Swindon Link: Su Hits Bullseye in Wyvern’s Ha Ha Hood

October 27th, 2014

swindonlink14aComedy queen Su Pollard and Ben Langley met Swindon Supermarine Bowmen at the Wyvern Theatre o learn the art of archery, ahead of performing as Maid Marion and Robin Hood next month.

Ha Ha Hood! And The Prince of Leaves is the latest laugh-out-loud production from the Ha Ha! team who had us rolling in the aisles with Ha Ha Holmes!.

Ten years after a messy divorce Robin and Marian are forced back together to fight the Sheriff once more. Maid Marian, Nottinghamshire’s feistiest female, who has in the past been brought to life by the likes of screen goddesses Audrey Hepburn, Cate Blanchett and Uma Thurman is now portrayed by Su, who serves up a world-weary Marian.

Su is joined on stage by comedy duo Cannon and Ball, who between them will play Little John, The Sheriff of Nottingham, Sir Guy of Gisborne and Friar Tuck.

• Continue reading at Swindon Link.

Swindon Advertiser: Cast Take A Bow To Learn The Basics Of Archery

October 27th, 2014

swindonad14bAfter defeating the sheriff of Nottingham, Robin Hood and his beloved Marian lived happily after – or so we were led to believe. Ha Ha Hood! And The Prince of Leaves, the latest laugh-out-loud production from the Ha Ha! team, will set the record straight when it opens at the Wyvern Theatre next month.

But before the cast take to the stage they had one last skill to learn, namely mastering the art of archery. Thankfully, Swindon Supermarine Bowmen’s Erin Prior came to the rescue and gave Su, along with her fellow actor Ben Langley, who plays Robin, a much-needed lesson in how to safely shoot an arrow.

“This is EastEnders in Sherwood Forest,” said comedy icon Su, most famous for hit BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi.  “It makes a nice change to have a twist on the characters of folklore. It’s so much fun.”

• Continue reading at the Swindon Advertiser.

Ha Ha Hood! And The Prince Of Leaves

October 27th, 2014

There are only a few weeks left until the end of the Ha Ha Hood! UK Tour. Here’s the full schedule for this week:

Monday 27th October Shrewsbury Theatre Severn 01743 281281 Website
Tuesday 28th October Bradford St George’s Hall 01274 432000 Website
Wednesday 29th October Rhyl Pavilion Theatre 01745 330 000 Website
Thursday 30th October Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre 0844 871 3011 Website
Friday 31st October Mansfield Palace Theatre 01623 633133 Website
Saturday 1st November Swindon Wyvern Theatre 01793 524 481 Website
Sunday 2nd November Torquay Princess Theatre 0844 871 3023 Website

  Please keep an eye on the Ha Ha Hood! social networks for all the latest on the tour: Official Website | Twitter | Facebook

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The Northern Echo: Panto Anything But Pointless

October 27th, 2014

tne14aAn interview with Su’s Snow White co-stars, from The Northern Echo.

Viv Hardwick discovers that Andrew Agnew, alias PC Plum, and actress Victoria Serra are all prepared for Snow White at Sunderland

What’s the story for Balamory’s Andrew Agnew, better known as PC Plum, who is trading his truncheon for a spot of clowning as Muddles in Sunderland Empire’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this Christmas?

• Continue reading at The Northern Echo.

Halifax Courier: Comic Su and Her Merry Men

October 27th, 2014

halifaxcourier14aComedy legends Su Pollard and Cannon and Ball will be riding through the glen in Bradford next week.

The side-splitting romp ‘Ha Ha Hood and the Prince of Leaves!’ will gallop onto the stage at St George’s Hall. Maid Marian, Nottinghamshire’s feistiest female, has been played in the past by screen goddesses Audrey Hepburn, Cate Blanchett and Uma Thurman – now it’s the turn of comedy icon Su Pollard, star of the BBC sitcom ‘Hi-de-Hi’.

• Continue reading at the Halifax Courier.