Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson
adapted by Bryony Lavery

Playing until 8 April 2015

‘Astonishing. A remarkable take on Stevenson’s classic. Patsy Ferran dazzles.’ Observer

'Spectacular. Daring. Fun for all the family.’ Time Out 

Treasure Island production image

Treasure Island

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.

This winter, Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life on the Olivier stage in a thrilling new adaptation by Bryony Lavery.

Not one of us must breathe a word of what we’ve found...

Suitable for 10yrs+

Projects and workshops for KS2 – KS4 students

Related events:

Clore Learning Centre
Talk: Women Pirates Wednesday 10 December, 2.30 – 3.30pm
Family Day: Discover Treasure Island Saturday 6 December

Platform talk
Polly Findlay and Bryony Lavery on Treasure Island  Friday 16 January, 5.30pm
Andrew Motion Friday 23 January, 5.30pm

National Theatre Live

Broadcast to cinemas on 22 January 2015 at 7pm. Find your nearest cinema.


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