Sunderland theatre’s new show is a real treasure

Andy Barella and Richard Delroy in rehearsals for Treasure Island.
Andy Barella and Richard Delroy in rehearsals for Treasure Island.
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Ahoy there – set sail for a swashbuckling tale when Treasure Island docks in Sunderland.

Actors from Royalty Theatre, off Chester Road, are breathing new life into the Robert Louis Stevenson classic from March 21-26.

Adapted by Karen Louise Hebden, it tells the story of young Jim Hawkins, taken from a quiet country life and thrust into a swashbuckling world of pirates, mutiny and buried treasure.

The cast includes Richard Delroy as Jim, Andrew Barella as Long John Silver and Lee Stewart as Captain Smollett.

Peter Kelly, director, said: “Following the recent successes of family-oriented shows such as A Christmas Carol and The Wizard of Oz, it was decided that another family favourite should be included in the current season.

“It’s a great Easter treat for the family, with action sequences, adventure and a great story.”

Performances of the play, which is being sponsored by Rowlands Accountants, begin at 7.30pm each night, with a matinee on March 26 at 2.30pm.

Plays remaining this season are The Vagina Monologues (April 27-30), Steel Magnolias (May 16-21) and The Pitmen Painters (June 20-25).

Tickets are available from www.titcketsource.co.uk/royaltytheatre or on 0333 666 3366.