Stage Acts

2018 Lineup

Weekend schedules are available here.

Adult School of Sword

Herr Oskar Hasselhoff will teach you to meet interesting people... und how to kill them! Watch and learn as Master Oskar demonstrates techniques and answers questions about the traditional Medieval weapon of your choice. This class will be held at the Combat Arena, located between the Maze and the Elven Hill Stage.

Herr Hasselhoff will teach you how to meet interesting people… und also how to kill them! Watch and learn as Master Oskar Hasselhoff demonstrates techniques and answers questions about the traditional Medieval weapon of your choice! This show is at the Combat Arena located between the Maze and the Elven Hill Stage.
Alan A Dale
Especially great for kids!

Hey KIDS! Robin Hood’s own music man, Alan a Dale, will regale thee at The Faery Forest Stage each day at the festival. He’ll serenade you with original songs and traditional ones, as well as those written for Sherwood Forest Faire by Lou Ontko. He’ll share some Irish sing-alongs and even sing you some tales of Robin Hood and the Merry Folk of Sherwood Forest. Come help Robin’s trusty troubadour drive gloominess from the forest with songs of merriment and ADVENTURE!
Andrew McKee
Mar 3 – 11 & Mar 24 – Apr 1

An accomplished and relentless multi-instrumentalist, Andrew McKee will be roaming the stages and lanes of Sherwood Forest in the first half of the faire. He shall be found jamming with other musicians and sharing songs with the faery folk around Sherwood.
Archery Tournaments
Each day at Sherwood Forest Faire there shall be at LEAST two archery tournaments. Will the Bowman, the captain of Robin Hood’s archers, will hold a longbow tournament. Those wishing to join will have to qualify for accuracy in the morning at Will’s Target, just to the right inside the front gate. Robert de Bowyer, the Merry Band’s bow-maker, will hold The Sherwood Royal Open archery tournament. Competitors must qualify in the morning at the Greenwoode Archery Village just up the Hill from the Washing Well. Competitors in both tournaments must be sober, must have their own traditional bow and arrow, and they must also wear a complete period costume, including a hat. May the best marksman… or markswoman win!
Artesianal Gibberish with Tobias the Adequate
Tobias has been touched by the muse of poetry! Well, perhaps 'touched' is not the right word. We'll let him explain:

A spirit of inspiration is called a 'Muse'.
If your spirit of inspiration confounds you, that would be a Bemusing Muse.
And if you felt hard done because of it, that would be Bemusing Muse Abuse.
Listening to someone laboring under such a spirit might be Bemusing Muse Abuse Confusion.
And we're hoping that this act will bring Bemusing Muse Abuse Confusion Amusement...

You can see what he has to put up with. Join him for some of this madness, won't you? The management takes no responsibility for mental or emotional damage incurred by attending this show. You'll find Tobias maundering while wandering the lanes of the forest, and sometimes hi-jacking a small stage.

The Bedlam Bards
Adults only for 30-Dirty shows

This rowdy, roisterous pair of Celtic Minstrels will compel you to get up and cut a jig. Find them at venues around the shire playing familiar Celtic Tunes in their own rustic style as well as originals. And if you are ready for some unrefined chuckles, make sure to catch them at The Three Stags Pub playing their 30-dirty 18 and up shows. The Bedlam Bards will also lead Sherwood's Pub Sing at day's end each evening of the faire. Here's a Health to the company!
Belz Faery Garden
Especially great for kids!

As you make your way down the Hill from Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Pub, by way of Como Ristorante Italiano, you may notice a small fenced-in homestead complete with a faery cottage and a lily pond. Here Lady Belz invites you to sit for a spell and enjoy the tranquility of the forest. She is likely to tell you stories, talk to you with hand puppets, or simply give you some company as you take a break from the bustle to sit and listen to the sights and sounds of the forest and the faire.
Blunt Force Drama
Adult content, adult humor, and graphic violence

Witness 4 international fighting champions, masters of the Western martial arts, pit their strength and brutality against each other in a violent contest where you decide the outcome! This show takes place at the Combat Arena, located between the Maze and the Elven Hill Stage.
Castle Siege with Robin Hood
Robin Hood and his Merry band out outlaws, outcasts, and outrageous characters can be found on stage throughout the day and throughout the village, playing out the story of this the year of our lord 1197. The finale of these Robin Hood shows will be the Castle Siege at Nottingham Castle late in the day. This action-packed stunt show brings you sword-fighting, equestrian combat, and explosive clashes between bitter rivals. Drones N Drums will beckon you to the castle for an exclusive bagpipe show, beneath the Home of King Richard, just before the Castle Siege. Help Robin Hood keep the balance of power in the favour of the good people of England!
Children's School of Sword
Especially great for kids!

Come and watch your children learn the basics of swordplay in a hands-on experience that is fun for all ages. Herr Hasselhoff will teach your young ones not only how to defend and attack, but he will also teach them to respect the danger of wielding a weapon. DO NOT BE LATE! This show takes place at the Combat Arena located between the Maze and the Elven Hill Stage.
Church Service at Maid Marian's Chapel
Sunday mornings only

Join Rev. Captain Rex Christiano and his trusty 3rd mate Rev. James "Gaptooth Jim" Caravel, along with a congregation of Sherwood villagers, for a real non-denominational church service each Sunday morning. This open gathering of spirits is a chance for Sherwood patrons and participants to give thanks to all things good and to let go of all things burdensome. The service will last about 20 minutes. All souls are welcome of any faith and walk of life.
The CRAIC Show
Mar 3 – Apr 1

The CRAIC Show is an intense and wildly entertaining act made up of four international travelers who, in 1191, banded together on an ancient battlefield. Their unique merging of music from faraway lands brings a sound unlike any other. Watching the group switch and interchange instruments throughout the show is a sight to see; songs are often started on pipes and ended with the entire group on percussions.

Irishman Daniel O'Ryan leads this group with roguish vocals, rhythmic mandolin, and intense bagpipes. These pipes are paired up with the enchanting Rina Von Adams playing harmonizing violin. The energy and enthusiasm of Cockney mate, Dylan Copperpot, on percussions is delightfully contagious and anchoring the band with strong vocals and heavy bass drum is the Nordic beauty, Tonya Den Norse.

Ever-evolving and constantly blending styles, The CRAIC Show always brings a fresh, high energy blend of World Medieval Music. Come hear them for yourself at the Elven Hill Stage the first five weekends of the faire.
Dr. Judas Lynch & Ms. Magnolia Strange: Daring Pirate Escapes
Mar 3 – Apr 1

Dr. Judas Lynch and Ms. Magnolia Strange are a husband and wife crew of escaped pirate escape artists. Their feats of liberation have been seen at numerous circuses, ren-faires, steampunk events, cabaret shows, fringe theatre festivals, side shows, corporate gatherings, and in prisons all along the coast of high Barbary. Judas and Magnolia have performed some of the world's most well-known, and most dangerous, escape stunts and now you can see their reckless behavior for yourself on Sherwood's Pirate Territory Stage. With comedy, suspense, and abundant audience participation, this pair of fugitives will bring you to the edge of your seat with fantastical narratives and death-defying stunts.
Doriana the Storyteller
Especially great for kids!

Doriana is a Scottish yarn spinner… but she doesn’t make kilts. She rides upon a trusty dragon named Reggie FireEyes as her golden guard dog keeps watch over them both, telling wonderful tales to the young bairns who seek out her show. Together these unlikely heroes entertain kids of all ages at the Puppet Theatre Wagon. Let Doriana take your imagination on a journey of tales from the old country. Knights and Princes, as well as simple folks, and even magical creatures inhabit the realm of Doriana’s yarns.
Drones N Drums
Take a trip to the Highlands with the dulcet and robust sound of the Scottish pipes and drums. Jason Gunn leads this duo of high-powered music on the Scottish great harps with Jake Cooper thumping out Scottish rhythms on a bass drum that you could serve Christmas dinner on. Hear the Thunder of Drones N Drums at the Horseman Stage, The Lionheart Pub, and Marching the high roads and low roads of Sherwood Forest Faire.
Drum Classes & Drum Jam with Joachim and Phrank - Join in!
This year Joachim Morrisey and Phrank Bramlett will lead Drum Classes and the end-of-the-day Drum Jam at the Seven Sisters Sacred Stone Circle. Throughout the day, these masters of the percussive arts will teach you how to find your own inner rhythm. Then, near days end they shall lead the drummers of the forest in a circle of drums like none other to celebrate another great day at the faire. Follow the sound of drums deep into the forest, where you will be surrounded by the ancient rhythms of the spirits of Sherwood. If you have a drum of your own, may you come and join the cadence, led by two young percussion virtuosos. Come dance and play as we close the day with the sound of rolling thunder! Find the drum masters at the Seven Sisters Sacred Stone Circle each day of the faire.
The Dublin Harpers
We welcome back the family that makes music together every day. The Dublin Harpers family band will enchant you at the Lionheart Tavern each day of the faire. This family of kids, teenagers, and a very cool Mom and Dad, design and build their own instruments, including the harps which they practice and teach near and far. Candyce and Benjamin Dunham have formed the perfect union of drum and harp. Benjamin, a luthier, percussionist, and bodhran player has been building, refinishing, and repairing instruments for many years. Candyce has been studying, performing, and teaching harp her entire life in the Classical, Irish, and Scottish methods. And, as you have guessed, the young Dublin Harpers have been at it their whole lives, too! Join them at the Lionheart Pub for a magical concert!
Faery Tea Party
Especially great for kids!

Sherwood's mysterious and magical faery folk hold a tea party every afternoon and YOU are invited as the guest of honour! Join these mystical and mischievous forest spirits for a light snack at faery tea time, and you'll be regaled by a wealth of faery lore, songs, and dancing that will give you a chance to relax in the middle of the day while you let these magical people entertain you. The Faery Tea Party will take place in the afternoons in the Faery Garden across from Maid Marian's Chapel.
Faire to Middlin
Mar 3 – 25

Gil Faire and Mab Middlin perform as the musical duo Faire to Middlin; two lively, world-traveled minstrels who accompany themselves with classical guitar, Irish whistle, and mandolin. They bring you a mix of the traditional and original with rollicking toe-tappers, lyrical ballads, and mournful laments. Join in the fun with this delightful, creative, and often zany couple of musicians in love. Sing, dance, and laugh along with them at the Grove Stage and other venues around the village on the first 4 weekends in March.
Filipe Sanchez
A royal subject of King Richard and his beautiful Queen Berengaria, Felipe Sanchez travelled from Spain with his Queen when she married the Lionheart several years ago to become the official musico of the Royal Court of England. On stage or in the lanes, this Latin lover shall serenade you as royalty too if you can catch his wandering eye. His yearning Spanish Guitar and his lilting Basque accent has been known to dry the tears of crying babies. Some call him the "Falcon of Navarre", and others have called him an obnoxiously romantic Spaniard who serenades ladies and couples in hopes of earning a few doubloons. Find this hombre guapo amongst the Sherwood Cast or busking the lanes and small stages as a solo act.
Fool Hearty
Especially great for kids!

Entertaining the wee ones in Sherwood’s children’s area Once Upon a Time…, you’ll find Court Jesters Marquise Zany from Zanzibar and the colourful comedian Ima Nutte. They perform three different shows daily, including Fools’ School, The Royal Fools Variety Show, and The Untrained Dog Show with Wing Nutte, Polkadot, Coco Nutte, Pea Nutte, and Butter! These Jesters have been voted “Best Children’s Act” by Renaissance Magazine many times now. Prepare thyself for some serious silliness at the Faery Forest Stage!
François' Raunchy Romp with the Raging Queen
Adults only

At François' secluded and hard-to-find shows you'll hear readings from the gay pirate romance adventure you've always secretly (or openly) wanted to hear. Join the most shameful and fearsome Frenchman on the high seas as he shares the sauciest exploits from his banned books, which have titles so provocative we cannot even list them here! Guaranteed to make the sturdiest of sailors blush, it's the tantalizing tail everyone is whispering about (and the tale's not bad either). Look for this reading of François' books on your daily schedule, at the Puffin coffee pavilion, or at one of Sherwood's larger pubs. You'll also encounter François strutting about the village so don't be shy to inquire where he'll be entertaining later, ooh-la-la!
Giacomo the Jester
Present every weekend except Mar 16 – 18

Always presenting the 1st show of the day at Sherwood, this early bird juggler and joker will have you in stitches with his many talents. Find him at the Grove Stage right after morning cannon and at the Greenwoode Theatre, walking on ropes, juggling, conjuring, and sometimes serenading you with his voice and his guitar. And don't miss the OOPS! Comedy Knife-Throwing Show that Giacomo performs along with resident fool Paolo Garbanzo, twice or thrice daily at the Greenwoode Theatre.
The Great Antone
This nomadic musician of distant Darbukistan could be found in any part of the village, playing his bouzouki under the shade of Sherwood's majestic canopy of trees. You'll also hear his steady rhythms all throughout the season at the Jousting Show with New Riders of the Golden Age. The Great Antone will also join in with various fellow musicians on the lanes and stages, drumming for King Richard's Army in the Castle Siege, as well as drumming for the Solar Rain Fire Show in the campground after the faire closes.
Gunnar Sølberg
Mar 3 – 18

Gunnar Sølberg plays upbeat traditional music to warm the heart. Give an ear to the haunting sounds of his old world mandolin. His Scandinavian and European musical lore will return your soul to a bygone era. Find Gunnar at the Horseman Stage and other small venues around the faire for at least the first three weekends.
Gypsy Rox
Mar 16 – 18

Gypsy Rox is a young trio with ancient Romani and Celtic roots. Lori Louise on Irish fiddle joins the adventurous guitar of Ky Hote and the steady rhythms of percussionist virtuoso and guru Rio Blue. These wayfaring rovers present a feast of instrumentals and songs. Gypsy Rox will join us on our 3-day Spring Break and St. Patrick’s Day weekend. These eclectic Celtic Gypsies play all-original arrangements of tunes you know and others you are going to love that are often made up on the spot. No two shows are alike! Gypsy Rox will energize you at the Lionheart Pub this year March 16 – 18.
Hands of Fatima Belly Dance
Feel the rhythm of distant lands and ancient cultures with this tribe of mystics. The Hands of Fatima belly dancers spin, sway, and swirl for you as their ensemble of gypsy minstrels translate these alluring dances into song. The mysteries of the body, mind, and soul coalesce in a profusion of music and dance just outside of the Puffin tea shop and hookah lounge. Just follow the sound of Gypsy magic to the Elven Hill Stage. They shall also appear from time to time, dancing atop the Round Table of King Richard's knights, the Dragons of the Round.
Iris and Rose - Wild & Thorny!
Mar 3 – Apr 1, Adults Only

Iris and Rose – Wild & Thorny! is a naughty, bawdy, comedy experience. Taking top honours for several years running in the Bawdy Act category of the Renaissance Festival Podcast Awards, these two singers share suggestive songs, tickling toasts, lusty limericks, and jaw-dropping jokes. Performing for Sherwood Forest Faire’s first five weekends this season, Iris and Rose encourage mature audiences to laugh and make merry with them as they make light of life’s more serious subjects. These bawdy wenches will spend the first five weekends of faire holding court at the Lionheart Pub Hoist a pint and lift up your cares!
The Jackdaws
Apr 7 – 22

The Jackdaws deliver original and traditional Irish jams to delighted audiences across the land. This travelling trio will excite your inner Irishman and have you coming back for more driving melodies and relentless, aggressive lyrics. More Irish than a drunken row, and a darned site messier! Meet the Jackdaws at the Lionheart Pub on the last three weekends of faire.
JOUSTING with The New Riders of the Golden Age
With a hearty Huzzah and a mug raised high above your head, once again help Sherwood Forest cheer on this legendary jousting team, The New Riders of the Golden Age! These bold knights will awe you with mounted sword fighting and daring deeds in a stunt show guaranteed to amaze you. And at each performance these true-to-life jousters will clash against one another in genuine FULL CONTACT competitive jousting matches. Born of the original Full Contact jousting troupe, Warhorse Productions, the New Riders of the Golden Age bring pageantry and peril to Sherwood Forest’s Joust Arena every day of the faire.
Jousting Tournament of Sherwood Forest - 8th annual
This year The New Riders of the Golden Age and Sherwood Forest Faire present our 8th annual Jousting Tournament on the faire’s penultimate weekend, April 14th and 15th. Mark your calendars, for these shall be days of action, indeed! While the Riders and their steeds compete every faire day in true jousting matches with 3 or 4 knights, on this weekend 8 to 12 knights shall brave the lysts of the Joust Arena for a prize purse of 1000 real dollars! This Full Contact Tournament lasts all weekend for two days of solid action. Hundreds of solid lances shall shatter in an EXPLOSION of splinters and a CRASH of wood on steel! Don’t miss this weekend of Glory, Chivalry, and real medieval sportsmanship on our second to last weeeknd.
Klaus of Hamlin
Klaus Wieland, once an up-and-coming star of the German folk-rock scene who "disappeared" to India at the height of his stardom, has turned up in medieval Nottingham at Sherwood Forest Faire. Most of his fans from the days of yore still wonder where he may be, but you will be lucky enough to find his lovely voice and lilting guitar here in this very forest! Kalus holds court daily at his family shoe shop, Medieval Moccasins, not far from the Joust Arena.
Living Statue Zach Gassman
Mar 31 – Apr 22

Beware! The best place to hide is out in the open. This Stone Statue may take you by surprise! At first you'll think he's been standing there for years, but when this stone giant comes to life, some are merely startled, but others are truly petrified! But once you've learned that some statues can move around, you're sure to be in for some silliness. Zach Gassman puts himself on a pedestal for you as the forefather, Duke, Arch Duke, Regent and, only member of Silver Soldier Productions. His stately stature causes him to stand out in a crowd, despite staying perfectly still and silent. Find him hither or thither, hiding in plain sight, and challenge him to a staring contest, or simply take a silly picture with him. Can you spot him before he spots you?
Madman Maverick
Limited engagement

This insane Gypsy shall perform dangerous and magical feats for you at the Greenwoode Theatre on our 3-day weekend, Mar 16 – 18. Other weekends you may find him roving the lanes of Sherwood Forest, performing close-up magic and spinning hilarious yarns. Madman Maverick will amaze and confuse you with his mad-cap variety of stunts and illusions. See him blow fire balls, put kids in guillotines, and generally make a gypsy fool of himself – and perhaps he’ll make one of you, too!
Marc Gunn
Mar 31 – Apr 8

Marc Gunn, the "Celtfather", brings his autoharp to the Horseman Stage and the Lionheart Pub for two consecutive weekends. Come sit and have a listen Marc's colourful wisdom about all things Celtic, comic, and CAT. This handsome Irish gentleman shall fill thy head with niceties and nonsense as he plays for you from his one-of-a-kind Celtic songbook. Some original, some traditional, and some that are somewhere in between. His first set of the day shall be his silliest specialty: Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers.
Medieval Jugging League of Sherwood
Jugging is a military strategy sport, not unlike football or rugby. But in place of the "pig skin" players compete for control of the "dog skull" with medieval weapons to defend and attack. The Medieval Jugging League of Sherwood demonstrate this exciting sport for you each day of the faire in their forest Jugging arena between the Maze and the Washing Well. Join the jolly and exuberant Juggers for an action-packed contact sport complete with swords, shields, and duels to the death! Come see this rag-tag team of warrior-athletes get medieval on each other!
Merlin the Wise
Especially great for kids!

The mysterious wizard who lives backwards through time welcomes you to join him and his friends, Archemedies the Owl, Ella, Rhiannon, and others at the Faery Forest Stage and all around Sherwood’s Kids’ area, Once Upon a Time… Witness Merlin performing astounding acts of disappearance, levitation, and magically causing kids and grown-ups alike to laugh! Come see amazing feats of magic, music and mystery by Merlin and his friends. Look for this merry wizard at the Faery Forest Stage and along the paths of the forest.
Messengers of Ragnarok
Ever vigilant and always at the ready, these Medieval warriors hone their skills of survival and combat at their Viking village next to Einar's Emporium. Their living history encampment will give you a firsthand look at how travelling foot soldiers made their way in the Middle Ages. The Messengers of Ragnarok will also hold live sparring matches at their fighting ring next door.
Il Musicista Giacomo
Absent Mar 16 – 18

Carl Asch, leader of renfaire favorites Empty Hats and Tip the Velvet, embodies Giacomo the Jester at Sherwood. When he is not throwing knives at his juggling partner, Paolo Gabanzo, at the Greenwoode Theatre, he can be found strolling the lanes with his lute and singing and playing at special events, like weddings and Robin's Feast. This witty, smooth-talking lyrical genius will brighten up your day with a song or three if you catch him before he starts fooling around with sharp objects again.
OOPS! Comedy Knife Throwing Show
Giacomo the Jester and his not-so-trusty apprentice, Paolo Garbanzo, compete for laughs in this hilarious and death-defying show at the Greenwoode Theatre. You too may get to be part of the fun (and danger), as they choose several brave patrons to help them juggle and throw sharp objects at each other. Bring your own blindfold; you may need it!
Opal and Jade: Off-Colored Treasures
Adults Only

Opal and Jade, the bawdy singing sisters, return to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Pub this season with more witty songs of saucy adventures and affairs of the heart. Opal is a professional smart aleck who will tickle and tantalize your wits with her own dizzying wit. And Jade is a right vicious trollop who will make you laugh beer out your nose - it happens! These alluring experts in the arts of love and suggestion will serenade you at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Pub and other houses of ill repute around the village. You can also hear them belting out 12th century sports anthems at the Jugging Arena.
Paolo Garbanzo the Juggling Fool
Behold the crazy Italian, Paolo Garbanzo, juggling knives, throwing knives, and balancing on precarious objects at the Greenwoode Theatre every day of the faire. This flawless manipulator of all things dangerous and cumbersome will have you juggling yourself as you try not to laugh your way off your seat. Paolo will also team up with Giacomo the Jester for a knife-throwing show that will make you cringe - but you won't be able to look away!
The Pirates of Sherwood
Arrrr, Mateys! Captain Rex and his first Mate Lady LaDonna lead a crew of peculiar pirates who have shipwrecked here in Sherwood when they got lost hiding in the River Thames. Come one, come all on a high seas adventure with the saltiest outlaws in Sherwood Forest. You'll spot Cap'n Rex's shipwreck just to the right and over the little bridge as you enter the Faire's Front Gate.
Private Sword Tutoring
Adults only. For Kids, seek out Children’s School of Sword

Join Master Oskar Hasselhoff for a lesson in the martial arts of the Middle Ages. Work with the traditional Medieval weapon of your choice in an interactive session taught by Der Meister. Only 3 students per session, so arrive early to get a spot. Adults only. Tutoring is at the Combat Area, located between the Maze and the Elven Hill Stage on your program map.
Queen Bonnie
Queen Bonnie is a lady wizard who is known in these parts as the Magical Queen of Everything. She can be found in the lanes entertaining passersby with naughty nursery rhymes, riddles, jokes, limericks, songs, and stories of mirth and merriment for young and old alike. Stop her in the lanes and she'll introduce you to her adorable Scottish cat, Tachi. Queen Bonnie also has an evil twin sister, who shows up from time to time, dispensing much of the same silliness, but with a pirate's scowl and the occasional "ARRR!" If you happen to see Captain Bonnie and Queen Bonnie at the same time, then you'll know you've had one too many!
The Great Rondini
Now at Sherwood all season!

Come and bear witness to the incredible escapes of the Great Rondini every day of the faire this season! See him break free from heavy chains, iron locks, and a straightjacket which are secured by skeptical patrons, like yourself. Canst thou bind him tight enough when he hands you the locks? You'll find this one-of-a-kind showman at his new dais, located near ye olde Kettle Corn boothe by the Joust Arena, and sometimes at Sherwood Castle.
Saxon Moon
With Solar Rain Fire Dancers

Having first played at Sherwood for the inaugural Sherwood Celtic Music Festival (now Celtic Gathering), these olde world instrumentalists bring you mystical sounds of bygone eras, form Viking and Celtic tunes to rhythms of the exotic East. These medieval conjurers rock the Greenwoode Theatre every day at the faire, calling on the spirit of the ancients in order to stir your soul with mystical tunes. They will also be accompanied by the incredible dancers of Solar Rain Fire Show for their afternoon sets.
Scott Boswell the Minstrel
Limited engagement

This Irish rover is a merry man indeed, but not one that Robin Hood can keep tabs on. Scott Boswell the Minstrel is too freewheeling even for the Prince of Thieves. When he’s not rocking the Three Stags Pub, Scott will be roaming the lanes of Sherwood, playing very quick sets of one or two songs each. His goal is to make music under every tree in the forest every day he is in Sherwood. So when you see him, catch him while you can! Scott will also join Shillelagh! for Sherwood’s final two weekends.
Shakespeare Comedies
Shakespeare, who won't be born for another 400 years or so, was once summoned to Sherwood Forest by Merlin, who lives backwards through time. Although The Bard has since faded back to his own time of the 16th century, his memory lives on in the band of merry actors who continue to perform their own versions of Shakespeare's works. These mad-cap spoofs are highly-hyphenated mash-ups of the plays that all the world will know and love one day. The plays include: The five-minute Hamlet, Lover's Smackdown, and other less well-known Shakespearian classics. Find these merry players on the Three Celestials Stage.
Shakespeare for Kids by Kids
The Tempest: Apr 21 – 22

The Improv-Ed Shakespeare Company consists of two different troupes, ranging in ages from six to thirteen years. They shall join us in Robin Hood's forest on Sherwood's final weekend. These young players rehearse in a hovel many miles from the forest on the East side of ye olde towne of Austin. Determined to make Shakespeare accessible for even the youngest rabble, this travelling troupe presents the stories of The Bard using a mix of both "modern" and Shakespearean English. Never fear, ye lads and lassies! By our troth, we they shall help you "get" Shakespeare.
April 14 – 22

Sherwood's mystical merry minstrels will arrive at Sherwood for the last two weekends of the faire. Your ears shall feast on a smorgasbord of truly original music with Scott Boswell's guitar and flutes, Laura's voice and rhythmic chords, Tree's deep-rooted drums, Sean Orr's fiddle, and Mr. Bones Jangle now bringing a piratical twist to these musical forest-dwellers. Shillelagh! will ROCK the rafters of The Lionheart tavern on the faire's final two weekends. Come ye, one and all and give an ear to music so enchanting you shall think yourself a gnome, listening to the sounds of the forest as you dream beneath a toadstool.
Simple Simon - The Village Idiot Show
Mar 3 – 11

The Village Idiot, "Simple Simon", delivers a fast-paced, highly-interactive, Comedy & Magic Performance. Even if you are a sour-puss or an old fuddy-duddy, you will be forever changed by his show - because you haven't lived if you haven't had the experience. There's nothing like it anywhere because the show isn't about tricks or fooling people. The Village Idiot Show is all about YOU. Every show is unique and different each time!!! You will have a great time and will laugh more than you expect - so make sure you take a privy break before arriving. You'll find Simple Simon acting a fool at the Three Celestials Stage and all around the faire.
Sky Kings Falconry
With a complete raptor aviary - Especially great for kids!

King Richard's own master of falconry, Sir Robert Cheseman, appears at the new Falconry Stage several times daily. Watch these amazing birds in flight and learn about their history, special skills, and what you can do to help them remain the Kings of the Sky for many centuries to come. The Falconry stage now sits behind the shoe shop on the right, just a short walk down the main path from the Faire's Front Gate. You can now see the birds up close where they live in Sir Robert Cheseman's Royal Mews. Meet over a dozen birds of prey eye-to-eye when you tour the home of these incredible animals.
Solar Rain Fire Show
Campground Show – Saturdays only + Fri, Mar 17

Solar Rain fire dancers spin fiery forms for Saxon Moon afternoon shows at the Greenwoode Theatre each day of the faire. Then… on Saturdays only, Solar Rain perform Sherwood’s final show of the day, after the closing cannon for those of you who choose to camp in Robin Hood’s Campground. Alluring and enigmatic sorcerers of fire spin flaming instruments of artwork in motion as they interpret the sounds of Sherwood’s enchanting musicians. They shall captivate you with an inflammable spectacle of whirling fire and explosive juggling. Let Solar Rain be your hosts to kick off a night of festivities and merriment! Many thanks to the Dragons of the Round, keepers of Draco the dragon wishing well and the Round Table. They have generously agreed to host Solar Rain this season inside their campground, just outside the Camping Entrance behind Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Pub.
Spark the Faery
Limited engagement

Spark the Faery is a fire and nature faery who encourages you to believe in the rarely seen underhill world of faeries and fae folk. She comes to Sherwood bringing the magic of one-of-a-kind Faery Hair, a shimmering tinsel remembrance of your encounter with Spark, that you can wear all day! Visit Spark near the Faery Courtyard to hear the sounds of her egg drum and to get your own sparkling Faery Hair!
Stary Olsa
Mar 3 – 11

This Belarusian band of minstrels is a medieval marvel straight out of a musical history book. Zmicer Sasnouski plays bagpipe, with Aleys Chumakov on shawms, gusli and rebec, Illya Kublicki on lute and cister, Maria Sharyi on flutes and shawms, as well as Sergei Tapcheuski and Alexei Voitsekh playing drums and other percussion. Got that? Sounded interesting to Robin Hood, so he invited them out for the first time at Sherwood Forest Faire last year. This season Stary Olsa returns to the Lionheart Tavern for the faire's first two weekends. So get up off of that krum horn and get yourself to the Lionheart Tavern for a medieval music ensemble that'll knock your chauces off!
Vince Conaway
Now at Sherwood all season!

Vince Conaway, a musician and composer, can be found performing a wide variety of music on hammered dulcimer throughout the continent and in Europe, with music ranging through Celtic, medieval, renaissance, and baroque repertoires. An interactive performer, Vince believes that the audience should not be separated from the show, but instead be part of it; and he brings a bit of culture and historical perspective to every performance. "Go ahead and ask him a geeky question. Odds are he'll keep playing while he talks." - Medieval Cookery. Find this talented soloist at the Three Stags Pub, The Grove Stage, and all along the lanes of Sherwood Forest every day of the faire.
Apr 7 – 22

Dressed in kilts and suggestive smirks, Tartanic gives its audiences a barrage of sound from not one but TWO Highland Bagpipes, 2 percussionists, 2 smokin' dancers, 8 drums, 6 drones, 18 notes, fast fingers, high comedy, flying bagpipes, taste-defying stunts, and scorching hot music played at over 120 beats per minute with driving speed and high-volume - all brought to you by 4 men without pants and 2 talented lasses! With hearts open wide and mugs raised high, Sherwood Forest Faire welcomes Tartanic to the Elven Hill Stage for the last 3 weekends of faire.
Thomas Wood - Pyrojuggler
Mar 24 – Apr 1

Thomas Wood, Pyrojuggler, returns to the Washing Well stage for the middle two weekends of the faire. This highly-skilled manipulator of various sundries uses juggling balls, crystal balls, full glasses of water, clubs, knives, and about anything you could think of. He also performs fire eating, fire blowing, transferring, fire spinning, and a finale that leaves a literal toadstool-shaped cloud above your head! He is also known far and wide as a contact juggling specialist. This is an art form that cannot be conveyed in print, but must be experienced - a dance of balance, grace, and line of motion, making crystal balls appear to float across the Pyrojuggler's body like a surrealistic dream. Children shall smile, grown men will giggle like school girls, women will swoon, and all shall be surprised and delighted! Find this flaming daredevil at the Washing Well Stage Mar 24 - Apr 1!
The Toobadours
Apr 7 – 22

The Toobadours are 2 peculiar travelers from the distant land of Schnozz, who juggle and play tuba… at the same time! They have traveled to Sherwood to learn about other cultures and to share a bit of their own. Hopscotch “Hoppy” Hermano McButterbeans and Ponyfly “Fly” Flugelhorn O’Bandersnatch immerse their audience into a world that they are sure to get lost in, and invite them to become honorary citizens of Schnozz so that they may hold dual Sherwood/Schnozz citizenship. Although the cultures are similar, we have different names for some of the things we will be doing in the show, ie Pinkersnotch, which is juggling. It is expected of all who see the Toobadour Show to spend the rest of their day using these terms. (ie: “hey, look at those guys pinkersnotching!”) You’ll find this new and exciting polyglottal symposium of music and high-flying action at the Washing Well Stage on the final three weekends of the faire.
Tulstin Troubadours
Here be a Celtic trio of merry minstrels who cannot make up their mind which instruments they like to play the best, so they just play as many as they can get their hands on! From harp to trombone, to drums, flutes, and the Indian psaltery, Tulstin Troubadours are sure to put thee in a merry mood. Also listen for their brass horn flourishes that summon you to events like the opening gate show and the joust! This season they have trained some professional heralds, who shall be sounding fanfares and reciting proclamations all through the village.
Washing Well Wenches
Good clean fun – wet, dirty wenches! These hard-working gals are open for business at the Washing Well Stage each day of the faire. Your village Laundresses, Corky and Daphne, will scrub your funny bone and knock your socks off... into the wash that is! Nimble, Naughty, and absolutely available! Find them at the Washing Well Stage for 27 minutes of pure bliss.
Wine and Alchemy
This season Wine and Alchemy returns to the Elven Hill Stage. This unique world music band performs a fusion of original and time-honored songs, derived from a wide variety of eras and cultures; Greek, Gypsy, Celtic, medieval European, French Sephardic, Turkish, and lands unknown... singing in a myriad of languages accompanied by violin, accordion, and guitar, the band features a plethora of exotic instruments including hurdy gurdy, Turkish saz, greek bouzouki, harmonium, viola de gamba, tupan and hand drum kit, comprised of doumbek, djembe, kick tupan, and cymbals. Singer, composer, writer, and instrumentalist, Roxanne Dresden adds to the visual of Wine and Alchemy's live show with a unique world fusion belly dance performance featuring veil spinning and sword balancing. You'll find this fantastic medieval festival favorite at the Elven Hill Stage just across from Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Pub.