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Treasure Island (Le Navet Bete stage version)

Treasure Island (Le Navet Bete stage version)

By Le Navet Bete
By (artist) John Nicholson
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848429833, 96 pages, December 2020

Description

Fourteen-year-old Jim Hawkins is serving ale in The Admiral Benbow Inn—when suddenly the door slams open and in strides Billy Bones, the infamous pirate, to change Jim’s life forever…

Soon, Jim finds himself on board The Jolly Todger and setting sail on the high seas. Alongside him, the crew includes Captain Birdseye, Black Dog, Blue Peter, the one-legged Long John Silver, and a parrot called Alexa—and their destination: a mysterious tropical paradise in the Caribbean named Treasure Island. Or Skeleton Island. Depends who you ask.

This riotously chaotic adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s beloved Treasure Island is a collaboration between John Nicholson (The Hound of the Baskervilles) and the physical-comedy theatre company Le Navet Bete, with their four actors playing dozens of characters.

Following the company’s hilarious, hit adaptations of Dracula: The Bloody Truth and The Three Musketeers, it premiered at the Plymouth Athenaeum in 2019, and in a Black Spot-defying production at the Exeter Northcott Theatre in 2020, before touring nationally.

If you’re looking for a rip-roaring, swashbuckling, family-friendly retelling of a classic story to perform with your theatre company or drama group, then X marks this spot.

Reviews

"A ripping good yarn with an abundance of theatrical surprises. "

- The Stage

"Batten down the hatches for breakneck and breathless barrels of laugh-out-loud hilarity. "

- British Theatre Guide

"Great fun. .. a version of Stevenson’s novel that not only entertains, it refreshes the narrative for a modern audience. "

- The Reviews Hub