Treasure Island

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Previewed 7 November 2008, Opened 17 November 2008, Closed 10 January 2009 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket Theatre in London

A major production of Ken Ludwig's new stage adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island in London starring Keith Allen as 'Long John Silver'.

Robert Louis Stevenson's story of pirates, double crossing and treasure. Treasure Island follows Young Jim Hawkins and his motley crew across the ocean in their search for hidden pirate spoils. With mutiny in the air they soon face deadly peril from the most ruthless pirate to ever terrorise the seven seas - Long John Silver! So can young 'Jim Lad' out-wit the scoundrel and live to claim the treasure?

The cast for Treasure Island in London features Keith Allen as 'Long John Silver' with James Atherton, Mark Bagnall, Tony Bell, Paul Brennen, Matt Costain, Estella Daniels, Branwell Donaghey, Howard Gossington, Dermot Kerrigan, James Lailey, Michael Legge, John Lightbody, Mark Theodore and Sharlene Whyte. The production features a live band on stage and is directed by Sean Holmes with designs by Lizzie Clachan, lighting by Paul Anderson, original music by Tom Haines and Ross Hughes and sound by Emma Laxton. Ken Ludwig is internationally known as a playwright. His work includes the award-winning book for the Gershwin musical Crazy For You and the award-winning plays Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo. Please note that this show is recommended for children 5 years and older.

"There's much to admire in this spirited and darkly inventive new version of the adventure classic, directed by Sean Holmes. The adaptation, by Ken Ludwig, sticks closely to the original, so you get plenty of Stevenson's rich and salty dialogue... The action sequences are terrific, too, particularly the dangling from ropes." The Sunday Times

"You might expect Keith Allen, a pantomime villain in the BBC's Robin Hood, to aim for peglegged comedy as Long John Silver in this Christmas production of Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure classic. But the pirates are sailing under a very un-Jolly Roger in Ken Ludwig's adaptation. Kicking off with a prologue showing the murder of their leader Captain Flint, it's clearly meant to be a warts-and-all evocation of the piratical life, with more backstabbing and garroting than swashbuckling or shivering of timbers... The result, sadly, is much like the dark spatterings of music in Sean Holmes's production: a discordant muddle... When the show fails to follow through on its early menace, struggles in its attempts at comedy in the second half and doesn't even supply a decent song (the presence of the onstage orchestra is a greater mystery than the location of any treasure), it is neither adventure, entertainment nor musical." The Daily Express

Treasure Island in London at the Haymarket Theatre previewed from 7 November 2008, opened on 17 November 2008 and closed on 10 January 2009