City gets another Sheriff of Norwich for the festive season

Panto Sheriff of Norwich Will Arundell faces off against the real one Caroline Jarrold.

Will Arundell, who plays Barry, The Sheriff of Norwich in Robin Good: The Politico-Panto at Norwich Playhouse, faces off against the real Sheriff of Norwich Caroline Jarrold. - Credit: Alex Rimell

Two sheriffs of Norwich collided on the steps of City Hall this week to celebrate the upcoming Christmas show at the Playhouse.

Robin Good: The Politico-Panto runs at the venue from Wednesday, December 8 until Sunday, December 19 and features satire, comedy and catchy tunes.

In the 90-minute show, recommended for over-14s and written by local playwright James McDermott, Barry, The Sheriff of Norwich turns Norfolk into a holiday resort for the mega rich.

Will Arundell (Barry, The Sheriff of Norwich) meets the real Sheriff of Norwich Caroline Jarrold. 

Will Arundell (Barry, The Sheriff of Norwich) meets the real Sheriff of Norwich Caroline Jarrold. - Credit: Alex Rimell

With the help of Maid Marion, Drag Queen Dame Stratton Strawless and the Merry Non-Binaries, the only person who can stop him is Robin Good – a vegan, queer, socialist, social media influencer.

Ahead of the opening night, the panto Sheriff, played by Will Arundell, faced off against the real Sheriff of Norwich, Caroline Jarrold, at City Hall. 

Offering advice to Barry, Mrs Jarrold said: “You have to be confident, you have to be firm, and you have to take people seriously, but of course not too seriously that you can’t have fun from time to time.”

Tickets start at £14 at norwichtheatre.org

Use EDPSAVE when booking to get £5 off tickets. 

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