Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny TREASURE ISLAND, in a new adaptation by Bryony Lavery, is to be broadcast live from the Olivier Theatre to cinemas in the UK and internationally by National Theatre Live on 22 January.
The production is 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. The cast is: Raj Bajaj, Oliver Birch, Daniel Coonan, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Arthur Darvill (Long John Silver), 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.
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.
Bryony Lavery’s original plays include Frozen (Birmingham Rep, National Theatre and New York), Beautiful Burnout (Frantic Assembly/National Theatre of Scotland), Stockholm and The Believers (Frantic Assembly), Kursk (Young Vic) and five plays for NT Connections. Her adaptations include A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep/Leeds Theatre) and The Hundred and One Dalmatians for Chichester Festival Youth Theatre.
For the NT, Polly Findlay has directed Protest Song in the Temporary Theatre, Antigone in the Olivier Theatre, The Swan and Nightwatchman for Double Feature in the Paintframe and the German-language production of War Horse in Berlin. Her production of Arden of Faversham recently played at the RSC in Stratford.
TREASURE ISLAND is playing in the Olivier Theatre until 8 April and is suitable for those aged 10 years +.