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.)
- Genre: Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Period
- Time Period: 18th Century
- Cast Attributes: Cross gender casting, Room for Extras
- Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences