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Treasure Island (Ludwig)

Five stars! Yo-ho-ho! A Festive Treat to Treasure. Hit Ahoy! X marks the spot of a bona fide festive treat! Treasure Island is the answer to every adventure-starved child's prayers: a racy, pacy, tough-as-old-boots adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's swashbuckling classic!

The Telegraph

  • Full Length Play
  • Dramatic Comedy
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 18th Century
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set, Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, Outdoor, College Theatre / Student

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 2009 AATE Distinguished Play Award for Best Adaptation
Based on the masterful adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island is a stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas.

It begins at an inn on the Devon coast of England in 1775 and quickly becomes an unforgettable tale of treachery and mayhem featuring a host of legendary swashbucklers including the dangerous Billy Bones (played unforgettably in the movies by Lionel Barrymore), the sinister two-timing Israel Hands, the brassy woman pirate Anne Bonney, and the hideous form of evil incarnate, Blind Pew.

At the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time. Silver is an unscrupulous buccaneer-rogue whose greedy quest for gold, coupled with his affection for Jim, cannot help but win the heart of every soul who has ever longed for romance, treasure and adventure.

REVIEWS:

Five Stars! Hit Ahoy! X marks the spot of a bona fide festive treat! Treasure Island is the answer to every adventure-starved child's prayers: a racy, pacy, tough-as-old-boots adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's swashbuckling classic!

The Telegraph

Ludwig invents a new spine to Robert Louis Stevenson's great story of skulduggery and gold-digging on the high seas!

What's On Stage

Adapted with savvy showmanship by playwright Ken Ludwig... the show could usefully serve many youngsters as an introduction to the magic of live theater.

Variety

A gripping yarn with a genuinely rough-and-ready buccaneering spirit. It flies the flag for good-old fashioned ensemble story-telling.

The Telegraph
Premiere Production: The play has its world premiere in May 2007 at the Alley Theatre in a production directed by Gregory Boyd and designed by Eugene Lee and Constance Hoffman.
  • Casting: 9M, 2F
  • Casting Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Local Celebrity Cameo, Ensemble cast, Minority casting, Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Parts for Senior Actors, Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Color blind casting
  • Casting Notes: Everyone except Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver doubles, variously, as the customers at the Admiral Benbow Inn,the sailors in Bristol, a lady at the dock, etc. The play can hold as many pirates as the producer can find - doubling can be eliminated or increased if the director can figure out a way to do it. The goal of the production should be wild, rollicking,frightening, breathless and moving. Any means to that end should be embraced, large cast or small. Additionally, there is a parrot in this play, who should not seem prominent or silly in any way.

ACTOR ONE - Jim Hawkins
ACTOR TWO - Long John Silver / Jim's Father
ACTOR THREE - Dr. Livesey / Captain Flint, pirate
ACTOR FOUR - Squire Trelawney / The Bailiff / Job O'Brien, pirate
ACTOR FIVE - Captain Smollet / Black Dog, pirate
ACTOR SIX - Reverend Mainwaring / Jemmy Rathbone, pirate / Ben Gunn, pirate / Josiah Bland, pirate
ACTOR SEVEN - Jim's Mother / Anne Bonny, pirate
ACTOR EIGHT - Widow Drews / Justice Death, pirate
ACTOR NINE - Bailiff's Son / Israel Hands / Blind Pew, pirate / Calico Jack, pirate
ACTOR TEN - Bailiff's Son / George Merry, pirate
ACTOR ELEVEN - Inn Guest / Boy with Barrow, pirate / Ezekiel Hazard, pirate / Tom Morgan / Cut Purse, pirate
ACTOR TWLEVE - Bristol Sailor / Billy Bones, pirate
ADDITIONAL PIRATES - as needed
A PARROT

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Based on the masterful adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island is a stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. It begins at an inn on the Devon coast of England in 1775 and quickly becomes an unforgettable tale of treachery and mayhem featuring a host of legendary swashbucklers including the dangerous Billy Bones (played unforgettably in the movies by Lionel Barrymore), the sinister two-timing Israel Hands, the brassy woman pirate Anne Bonney, and the hideous form of evil incarnate, Blind Pew. At the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time. Silver is an unscrupulous buccaneer-rogue whose greedy quest for gold, coupled with his affection for Jim, cannot help but win the heart of every soul who has ever longed for romance, treasure and adventure.

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