Professional theatre company Rain or Shine are ready to delight family audiences once again this summer with their new adaptation of Treasure Island bringing classical theatre into the heart of local communities including Cheshire.
With a host of wild characters and events, from Billy Bones to the threatening Blind Pew and the Black Spot, the pirate’s mutiny on the Hispaniola to the marooned Ben Gunn and the fight at the stockade on the isle where Captain Flint’s treasure is buried, Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story is brought to theatrical life by Rain or Shine in this new adaptation by James Reynard.
Jim Hawkins invites you to hear how he came to leave his home, the Admiral Benbow Inn, and make his way across the seas to Treasure Island.
James Reynard, who also directs the play, said: “This tale of buccaneers, greed, courage, betrayal and pieces of eight has both humour and brutality.
“My adaptation is very much an adult production which can also be enjoyed by children and is an ideal choice for an outdoor family theatrical event.”
Treasure Island remains one of the most enduringly popular seafaring adventures in English literature.
It has been filmed a number of times including a famous Disney live action film and as Muppet Treasure Island with Tim Curry as Long John Silver!
Last year a spectacular TV version starring Eddie Izzard was screened on Sky One.
The Rain or Shine tour includes a performance at Beeston Castle in Cheshire on Thursday, August 28 at 7.30pm. For tickets phone 01452 521575, or book online via www.rainorshine.co.uk .
Audiences are invited to bring along low-backed seating or rugs, and a picnic to maximise their enjoyment of the al fresco performances.
The company travel across the UK from Alderney to Northumberland, and Wales to Norfolk, visiting some of the country’s most picturesque castles, stately homes and gardens imaginable.
Rain or Shine was formed in 1997 in Gloucester as a new UK based professional touring theatre company.
Rain or Shine’s roots originated from the Festival Players Theatre Company, which had undertaken successful national outdoor Shakespeare tours since 1993.
Rain or Shine’s directors, Ken Meekings and John Cooper, bring a wealth of experience from professional London and provincial touring theatre.
The company’s past touring productions have included the likes of The Comedy of Errors and As You Like It by William Shakespeare, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson.
Earlier this year, Rain or Shine toured the UK with a production of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.