First things first: it is a truly joyous thing to see the vast Haymarket stage back in use. Secondly, Sandi Toksvig’s adaptation of Treasure Island is intelligent and accessible, from the opening sequence which sets up a band of players to perform the show within a show in the newly opened Haymarket. There are references to the closure of The Wizard of Oz 11 years ago, parallels between the story and the building including references to the rig, deck and crew, and a clear fondness from everyone involved for a theatre which has essentially been dark for more than a decade. The company of nine principals, plus nearly 20 local youngsters (and Gary Lineker on film) tell the story well and keep the premise and the tale sailing nicely. But it’s billed as a family show and while there’s clearly nothing offensive, it’s certainly not panto, it’s not a kids’ show and it’s not a musical. It’s a decent version of a classic story, as a comedic play with a few songs thrown in, but that aside, it’s not really clear what it’s trying to be. I’d go as far as to say that with very little actually happening for… Read full this story
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