Tony Robinson

Norwich Playhouse

This was an evening's celebration of the man who brought us Baldrick, Time Team, Maid Marian and Terry Pratchett's Discworld in spoken form.

With his 'cunning plans', Robinson has become something of a national treasure. So it's interesting to hear him dig up his own past for a change.

It's the parents he holds responsible for his love of performing - mother, a talented am-dram, and father, an excellent musician, but neither in a position to “follow the dream”.

So, all the more, the onus was on their son to make it big, which happened when he stepped out in the West End as the Artful Dodger in Oliver!

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And the rest, as they say, is history.

And when you come to think about it, that's the literal truth.

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Because from incarnating Elizabethan servants to developing a passion for archaeology and revolutionising our view of Maid Marian, his inspiring force is the past and its story.

Hardly surprising then, that as the show progressed, he transformed the Playhouse auditorium into the muddy fields of the Somme and recreated the battle of Agincourt complete with armour-clad knights trying to find their way to battle. A treat.

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