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Treasure Island shows on Sunday

Published:Friday | March 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM
A scene from National Theatre’s presentation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
Patsy Ferran (left) as young Jim Hawkins and Arthur Darvill as the infamous pirate Long John Silver in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

Spectacular. Daring. Fun for all the family.

- Time Out

An imaginative adaptation which keeps alive the wit and excitement of the book. - Guardian

A sprightly production. An extraordinary set. I emerged thrilled.

- Sunday Times

It's a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the innkeeper'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. Not one of us must breathe a word of what we've found.

The National Theatre series brings Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of murder, money and mutiny to life on the Olivier stage in a thrilling new adaptation by Bryony Lavery, directed by Polly Findlay. Treasure Island will be shown this Sunday, March 8, at 11:30 a.m. in the Palace Cineplex and Palace Multiplex.

This interpretation of the classic adventure showcases the talents of three brilliant women. They are playwright Bryony Lavery, director Polly Findlay and Patsy Ferran, who plays the role of young Jim Hawkins, protagonist and narrator of the story.

Commenting on her role as director Findlay says "Treasure Island is such an exciting and iconic title. It's got such a huge reputation as an adventure story, it felt like a real challenge and a privilege to get hands on telling it in such a big space."

Ferran, who has received rave reviews for her portrayal of the intuitive and courageous Jim, opines that the play challenges and pushes people's ideas of what a pirate adventure should be.

Lavery describes the script as, "a

dangerous one, where our villains are dangerous and frightening". She thinks the story resonates because "there isn't a person in our audience, who isn't an adventurer and it's such a treasure. What's not to love?"

Arthur Darvill stars as the infamous Long John Silver.

The National Theatre Live, NT in London, is one of the UK's most prominent publicly funded theatre companies. The theatre presents a varied programme, including Shakespeare and other international classic drama, and new plays by contemporary playwrights.

The series continues as below:

Sunday, April 12 at 11:30 a.m.: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Sunday, May 10 at 11:30 a.m.: The Hard Problem

Sunday, June 7 at 11:30 a.m.: Man and Superman

Tickets are on sale at the Palace Cineplex and Palace Multiplex box offices and via the web at, with a Palace Card.