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Treasure Island

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Keith Allen plays Long John Silver in this stage adaptation of the classic story of pirates, treasure, adventure, intrigue and drama on the high seas. Read More >

Treasure Island is a swashbuckling tale of adventure, intrigue, pirates, conspiracies, treasure and drama on the high seas. This new play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, which stars Keith Allen as the notorious Long John Silver, has been adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel by Ken Ludwig.

In Treasure Island, young Jim Hawkins finds himself in the possession of a map showing the location of the fabled lost treasure of Captain Flint, a booty that many a pirate had tried to claim for himself. Setting sail to find it with a crew of gentlemen and hired scoundrels, including suspicious peg-legged cook Long John Silver, none of the crew know the adventures and perils that lie before them. Some will make it back alive, some will not.

Allen’s rum-swilling, parrot-shouldering, yo-ho-ho-ing return to London theatre in the cast of Treasure Island comes hot on the heels of playing another of literature’s classic blackguards, the Sheriff of Nottingham, in the recent BBC Saturday evening series of Robin Hood. His other London stage credits include a trio of Pinter pieces – The Room, The Celebration (both Almeida) and The Homecoming (National Theatre) – while his films include Trainspotting, Shallow Grave and 24 Hour Party People.

Treasure Island, which features a live band on the Theatre Royal Haymarket stage, is directed by Sean Holmes, who has had recent success with Moonlight And Magnolias at the Tricycle and The Entertainer at the Old Vic.

For more about Treasure Island at the Theatre Royal Haymarket read our First Night Feature.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 7/11/2008

Opening Night: 17/11/2008

Closing Night: 10/01/2009

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Cast & Creative


Keith Allen, Michael Legge, Tony Bell, Paul Brennen, John Lightbody, Dermot Kerrigan, James Atherton, Mark Bagnall, Matt Costain, Estella Daniels, Branwell Donaghey, Howard Gossington, James Lailey, Mark Theodore, Sharlene Whyte.


Director - Sean Holmes

Producer - Brian Eastman and Andrew Welch

Designer - Lizzie Clachan

Lighting Designer - Paul Anderson

Sound - Emma Laxton

Author - Robert Louis Stevenson

Music By - Tom Haines and Ross Hughes

About Haymarket, Theatre Royal

18 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HT

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