Loved the production. The sets raised and lowered to become the seaside inn, a schooner ship, an island and an underground chamber were beyond words. The thunderstorm sequence was done so beautifully that I felt as if I was on that ship and experiencing it too along with the actors.
I can't say enough about Patsy Ferran who played the role of Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter and whose journey to the island is nothing more than spectacular. Heracting is nothing short of incredible as well. Her character spoke constantly throughout the whole play including the narration and I wonder if she was able to speak each night after it was over. Kudos, well done!
Arthur Darvill (Rory, Doctor Who) completely transformed into Long John Silver, the one legged pirate. As a testament to Arthur's acting I didn't recognized him until right before the first intermission and only at the prompt from lady__croft. The revelation was a hilarious moment! I kept thinking I know his voice and his mannerisms but I can't place him. Did he play a pirate before in something I saw? Well DUH! I had completely forgotten he was supposed to be in this production.
The story is an adaptation of the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and if you like pirates, treasure chests, maps and treasure hunts along with long kept secrets of the dead then you'll want to see this so try to find it at your local cinema.
And just to tease you....here's the trailer:
I pray it is released on region free DVD or BluRay in the not too distance future as I want to be able to experience the fun and mystery over and over again.
Did I mention for the 1000x how much I love National Theatre Live for bringing us amazing plays from across the pond onto the big screen? If I lived in the London UK I'd be broke on all the theatre I'd be attending.