Treasure Island: The Panto

by  Robert Louis Stevenson, Richard Lloyd

Full Length Play, Pantomime  /  13m, 6f

Ahoy there, me hearties! This is the swashbuckling tale of skullduggery upon the high seas, treasure on a desert island, a Guatemalan crimson parakeet going by the name of Cap’n Haddock, Dame Ladd’s fisherman’s pies, and death by chocolate!

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    13m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Christmas/Holiday, Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Avast behind, shipmates! And stand by to go about for a hugely successful pantomime version of everybody’s favorite swashbuckling classic. Treasure Island, The Panto brings you all the very best of traditional pantomime, including custard pies, exploding cannon, gaudy costumes, and absolutely no opportunity missed to press-gang the audience right into the thick of the seafaring action!

And all this played out against the glorious Technicolor backdrop of the high seas, where the heroic derring-do of unfeasibly good looking goodies is pitted against the fiendish skullduggery of unbelievably gruesome baddies. From eye-patches and treasure chests, to poop decks and peg-legs. Some poor unfortunates even get forced to walk the plank into a (concealed) monster paddling (shark-infested, naturally) pool! And of course, there’s Cap’n Haddock, a giant talking pantomime parrot!

Jim Ladd (the youthful hero of our seafaring yarn) stumbles across a mysterious map, showing the whereabouts of the buried treasure of infamous pirate captain, Squint. In the company of Mrs. Ladd (Jim’s mother and indomitable pantomime dame), Squire Polperro, Doctor Liversausage, and Captain Smellit, Jim sets out to recover the treasure. Yet he is blissfully unaware that the vessel they embark on is run by none other than Squint’s old gang, led by the rascally, one-legged Long John Slither, and his disreputable henchmen Israel Feetand Blind Pewk!

A roller coaster ride of adventure ensues, both aboard ship and on Treasure Island itself, during which we encounter a variety of other madcap panto characters. Cutlass duels, gruesome punishments, and heavy name-calling, all form essential ingredients of a buccaneering plot sure to delight youngsters and adults alike. An absolute must for anyone addicted to either pirates or pantomimes!

(Provision is made in the script for the inclusion of fourteen musical numbers, though this can be cut down if necessary.)

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Keywords

Adolescence

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 18th Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Play w/ Music, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

13m, 6f

The Quality
SQUIRE POLPERRO - An archetypal product of the public school system.
THE HONOURABLE NANCY POLPERRO - Squire Polperro’s adorable daughter, and principal girl.
DR LIVERSAUSAGE - A seafaring quack.
CAPTAIN SMELLIT - A taciturn sea captain.

The Scum of The Seven Seas
BILLY FISHBONES - An inebriated old ex-pirate.
LONG JOHN SLITHER - A charming (but wholly untrustworthy) amputee.
PINK DOG - A thoroughly villainous female pirate.
BLIND PEWK - A visually challenged pirate.
ISRAEL FEET - A pirate.
GEORGE MERRY - A pirate.
SEAMUS ‘GROUNDBAIT’O’FLAHERTY - An Irish buccaneer.

T’ Others
JIM LADD - A brisk young spark and principal boy.
MRS LADD - Jim’s mum, and pantomime dame.
BODMIN - The Squire’s faithful (but completely useless) lackey.
NEWQUAY - ...Likewise.
BERTHA GUNN - A potty old ex-pirate and tea lady.
CAPTAIN HADDOCK - A Guatemalan crimson parakeet.

Los Espagnols
DON IGUANA DEL ANACONDA CON QUESO - His Most Catholic Excellency, the Spanish Ambassador to Guadeloupe.
DONNA ESTELLA DEL TORREMOLINOS Y CHIMICHANGA - A sumptuous Hispanic beauty.

Assorted pirates, belike.

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Cast Attributes

  • Cross gender casting
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

Robert Louis  Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson

Richard Lloyd

Richard Lloyd is a history graduate of Royal Holloway College, University of London. Richard has pursued a successful 25 year career in writing and marketing and is currently head of brand with a major FTSE 100 company. He is also a professional copywriter, author and playwright, with numerous articles and 20 plays and ...

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