Treasure Island found in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 21:30 16 October 2013 | UPDATED: 21:30 16 October 2013

Long John Silver will be on stage at the Hawthorne Theatre

Long John Silver will be on stage at the Hawthorne Theatre


ROBERT Louis Stevenson’s buccaneering adventure Treasure Island can be found on stage in Welwyn Garden City this week.

Treasure Island – it is one of those classic novels that we all think we know.

Long John Silver, Jim Hawkins, and wasn’t there something about a spot…?

And that’s part of the reasoning behind Blue Orange Theatre’s new production – appearing at the Hawthorne Theatre, in Welwyn Garden City, on Friday – because actually it’s not as well-known as you might think.

Hollywood and various adaptations of questionable accuracy (the Muppets, anyone?) have diluted the story too much, and too often there’s been a reliance on “Aaaarrr, Jim lad” dialogue.

But this production returns to the text and gives us a fast-paced adventure yarn.

Jim Hawkins and his mother are happy running the Admiral Benbow Inn until the arrival of an old sea dog, Billy Bones.

Barely escaping death when a number of pirates descend on the inn in search of Billy’s papers, Jim comes into possession of the notes, which contain a map showing the location of the pirate Flint’s buried treasure.

Jim and his new ally, Doctor Livesey, are determined to find it, so they fit out a ship and find an old seaman who can help them hire a crew.

But unfortunately this is only the start of their problems.

With a cast of six actor-musicians portraying a vast array of characters, this version is full of derring-do, quick changes and live music.

Suitable for adults and children alike – and featuring some brilliant fight scenes – this production of Treasure Island will make you feel like you’re encountering the story anew again. Who knows, you may even want to run away to sea afterwards!

* Blue Orange presents Treasure Island, at the Hawthorne Theatre, WGC, on Friday, October 18 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £15, £12 concessions, and £40 for a family of four.

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