Splice the mainbrace and be prepared for adventure on the high seas with the National Theatre’s family-friendly Christmas treat, Treasure Island.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny will be brought to life on the Olivier stage in a new adaptation by Bryony Lavery.
And one thing you’ll notice from the off is that this version has, at its heart a girl called Jim.
It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets.
Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins.
Arthur Darvill (Broadchurch and Doctor Who) plays literature’s villainous pirate, Long John Silver.
The remaining cast is: Raj Bajaj, Oliver Birch, Daniel Coonan, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Angela de Castro, Paul Dodds, Heather Dutton, Patsy Ferran, Nick Fletcher, Gillian Hanna, Joshua James, Lena Kaur, Aidan Kelly, David Langham, Jonathan Livingstone, Helena Lymbery, Alexandra Maher, Alastair Parker, Tim Samuels, David Sterne, Ben Thompson and Roger Wilson.
The production will be directed by Polly Findlay and designed by Lizzie Clachan, with lighting design by Bruno Poet, music and sound by Dan Jones, songs by John Tams, fight direction by Bret Yount and movement by Jack Murphy.
The illusionist is Chris Fisher; the music supervisor is Matthew Scott, and the music director is Theo Jamieson. Clive Mendus is comedy consultant and Carolina Valdes is creative associate.
Bryony Lavery’s adaptations include A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep/Leeds Theatre) and the forthcoming The Hundred and One Dalmatians for Chichester Festival Youth Theatre.
Suitable for 10 years and over.
Treasure Island runs from December 3-April 8.