Lily and Alfie Allen were on hand last night (17 November 2008, previews from 7 November) at the Theatre Royal Haymarket to see their father Keith Allen make his West End debut in Treasure Island, but by the time Allen Snr had managed to wrestle out of the wooden leg he wears as pirate Long John Silver, Allens Jnr had escaped to an after-after party at the Groucho Club.

Though the press night occurred on a Monday, not many more performances of the new stage adaptation will. Producers have announced that, from 7 December 2008, 3.00pm Sunday matinees will be introduced, replacing Monday evenings. The schedule change is “in response to a large demand from parents wanting to take their children to see” the show, which has special discounts for children’s tickets. The production’s limited Christmas season continues until 28 February 2009.

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Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 adventure novel – featuring “rip-roaring action, swash-buckling swordplay, battling buccaneers and hidden treasure” – has been adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig, whose credits include the book for Crazy for You and the plays Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo.

Keith Allen is joined in the cast by Michael Legge (as Jim Hawkins), Tony Bell (Bones/Captain Smollett), Paul Brennen (Ben Gunn/Black Dogg), John Lightbody (Blind Pew/Trelawney), and Dermot Kerrigan (Flint/Dr Livesy) as well as James Atherton, Mark Bagnall, Matt Costain, Estella Daniels, Branwell Donaghey, Howard Gossington, James Lailey, Mark Theodore and Sharlene Whyte. Sean Holmes directs.

Treasure Island is directed by Sean Holmes and designed by Shunt’s Lizzie Clachan with lighting by Paul Anderson, sound by Emma Laxton and music by Tom Haines and Ross Hughes, performed by a live band on stage. It’s produced by Brian Eastman and Andrew Welch.

- by Terri Paddock


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