Robin Hood Play

Definition

Theater

  • In the English folk theater, a type of play recountingthe legendary exploits of Robin Hood and his band of outlaws. Suchplays, which usually involved a male actor in the role of Maid Marian,were performed at various festivals throughout the agricultural calendar, butparticularly at May Day celebrations. The character of Robin hassometimes been interpreted as a fertility or woodland spirit surviving frompre-Christian religion: this is not accepted by most modern folklorists.
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