Robin Hood and merry men premiere at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse on Nov. 18

Action, romance and comedy take centre stage at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse later this month when Robin Hood and his clan of merry men arrive.

The legendary tale is mixed with song, dance and a full dose of buffoonery for the an­nual holiday panto, which runs Nov. 18 through Dec. 20.

“We are delighted to continue this popular holiday tradition for our audiences in St. Jacobs,” said artistic director Alex Mustakas, of Drayton Entertainment. “Robin Hood has something for every­one. The underlining pursuit for justice, hilarious slapstick comedy and … romance will entertain children and adults alike.”

With King Richard away from England, the evil Sheriff of Nottingham rules the king­dom with an iron fist. When Maid Marian and her nurse Tickle come to town, the vil­lainous titan devises a plan to marry the beauty – or eliminate her access to the family for­tune. Luckily, Robin Hood and his band of outlaws are de­termined to save the day and perhaps even win Marian’s affection in the process.

Robin Hood is one of the world’s most well-known stories, dating as far back as the 13th century. Leading the cast is  Jay Davis as Robin Hood. Born in Elmira, audiences will know him from his role in the Huron Country Playhouse summer hit Evita, as well as his performance as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast.

Jackie Mustakas is picture perfect as Maid Marian. She shone last year as the congenial Cinderella.

Audiences will also see Fred Stinson. He is best known as Major Bedhead from The Big Comfy Couch.

This will be Stinson’s fourth holiday pro­duc­tion at the Playhouse.

The production is directed and choreographed by Trudy Moffatt.

Tickets are selling quickly. Theatregoers are encouraged to book soon. Call the box office at 519-747-7788 or toll free at 1-888-449-4463. For more information visit­jac­obs­