Robin Hood Play



  • 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.