New Vic sets sail for Treasure Island

Steve Orme

A new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island is ready to set sail at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The theatre’s artistic director Theresa Heskins will adapt and direct the classic adventure story. She was also at the helm of the 2016 production The Snow Queen which was presented with a UK Theatre award for best show for children and young people.

A cast of actor-musicians will take to The Hispaniola. They comprise Owen Aaronovitch (Pew), Matthew Burns (Anderson), Andy Burse (Squire Trelawny), Gareth Cassidy (Red Dog), Ellen Chivers (Dr Livesey), Nisa Cole (Gem), Richard Costello (Smollett / Flint), Jessica Dyas (Mrs H), William Pennington (Ben Gunn), Tom Peters (Long John Silver), Lauryn Redding (Darby McGraw), Leon Scott (Israel Hands) and Eleanor Toms (Arrow). A team of 24 young performers will join the company.

Lis Evans, New Vic head of design, will design the costumes, while the theatre’s head of workshop Laura Willstead will design the set. Resident lighting designer Daniella Beattie will create the lighting for the production.

Composer James Atherton will create an original score that will be performed live. James Earls-Davis and Alex Day will design the sound. Fight director is Phillip D’Orleans, puppetry director is Paschale Straiton and Graeme Clint is aerial consultant.

Treasure Island runs at the Staffordshire theatre-in-the-round from Saturday 18 November until Saturday 27 January 2018.