TUNKHANNOCK — Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island,” a story of murder, money and mutiny will captivate young and old alike at 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 3 and 17 at the Dietrich Theater. It tells the story of Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, who, on a dark and stormy night, opens the door to a terrifying stranger — an old sailor with a chest full of secrets. Jim invites the stranger in and the dangerous voyage begins.
The most popular pirate story ever written in English, featuring one of literature’s most beloved “bad guys,” written by Robert Louis Stevenson as a coming of age story for boys, “Treasure Island” has been happily devoured by several generations of boys—and some girls—and grownups. In this National Theatre Live performance, captured on-screen, Jim is a girl, making this classic pirate story more appealing to girls as well as boys. It is still, however, the exciting story of treasure maps, pirate booty, buccaneers and the unforgettable Long John Silver, who can be affable one minute and menacing the next.
Stevenson’s classic is often thought of as the archetypal boys’ adventure story. But in this production, the director is a woman, Bryony Lavery, and she addresses gender issues, while preserving the original integrity of the story. Jim Hawkins remains the story’s pivotal figure, played by Patsy Ferran, who is in constant rebellion against restrictions due to her gender. Terrified as any teenager would be by the succession of pirates who invade her grandma’s inn and hearing of a one-legged sailor, she has nightmare visions of severed limbs. Aboard the Hispaniola, she fiercely resents being told that “maps are for men, not girls” and seems puzzled by the tentative advances made by the ship’s cook.
National Theatre Live onscreen at the Dietrich Theater enables all to experience the best in live theatre in downtown Tunkhannock. Live performances in London and New York are filmed and shown onscreen, providing a theatre-going experience for the audience to view the play up close and from many angles, due to the filming of multiple cameras. Each performance also includes interviews with actors, directors, and behind-the-scenes peeks.
Advance tickets may be purchased by calling 570-996-1500 or at the ticket booth. Tickets will be available at the door as long as they last.
Information provided by the Dietrich Theater.