First it was a Christmas card. Now, with Halloween behind us and the blue touch paper about to be lit on Bonfire Night, the inescapable truth is that the festive season is almost here again. More proof, should it be required, came this week in the form of a flyer from the thesps at Addleshaw Goddard. It heralds the first panto of the season, Robin Hood (or, as it quips, “how I learned to love living outside of the law”).
Penned by former Herbert Smith litigator Kate Ferguson (who has been living outside the law for 10 months pursuing a career as a writer since leaving the firm) and directed by barrister Bennet Brandreth (yes, it is Giles’s son), the charity fundraiser features a whole host of lawyers in tights from Dentons, Herbies and, of course, Addleshaw Goddard.
At least one of the lawyers involved, Addleshaws’ Adam Khan, is chuffed about the change of panto from last year’s Snow White. “I get to play a henchman this year and also get a few lines,” says the litigator, adding that he sees his new role as a promotion. “Last year I was an earthworm. It means I don’t have to wear a pink costume and look like a dildo onstage.”
Robin Hood is on for three nights (11, 12 and 13 December) at the Oxford House Theatre. Tickets are a tenner from themightyfin_ firstname.lastname@example.org.