A treasure of panto at Consett

Published: 30 October 2021
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Treasure Island
The cast of Treasure Island Credit: Paul Lynch
Leah Bell (Gertrude Gunn) & Gareth Arthurs (Benjamin Gunn) Credit: Paul Lynch

Consett’s Empire Theatre has announced details of its 2021 panto, Treasure Island. It’s the story of Benjamin Gunn's adventure involving a band of grizzly pirates and his grandfather’s ancient map, which points the way to hidden treasure on an island ruled by a king and his daughter and is the tenth to be produced by, directed by and star Leah Bell.

In addition to Leah Bell who plays Benjamin’s aunt, Gertrude Gunn, the cast includes Gareth Arthurs as Benjamin Gunn, Dave McCarthy as Captain Jack, Bethan Amber as Peaches Peabody the Pirate Queen, Andy Tate as King Koo-Koo, Gabrielle Smith as the king’s daughter Mona, and Jason Jones, Kas O Neil and Dzed as pirates Slick Slack Silver, Shifty Shark, and Sneaky Snake.

Treasure Island runs from 27 November to 31 December (various times, every day except Christmas Day). Tickets for the opening performance on 27 November are all priced at £10, and the following performances will be £17 (£15 concessions) and family tickets are £56. School and group discounts are also available.

To book tickets, call the box office on 03000 262 400 or visit the Consett Empire web site.