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Hull Truck Theatre announce cast for their Christmas show…

A Christmas Treasure Island

Friday 2 December 2016 – Saturday 7 January 2017

Tickets £9.50 – £22.50

Concessions £3 off (excl. previews)

Schools £10 + 11th ticket free

On a stormy beach at Withernsea, young Jem Hawkins and her Uncle David discover a treasure map. With the help of Long John Silver and his band of pirates, they set sail in search of gold, but are betrayed before they reach the islands of the frozen north. Jem must find her courage to escape the treacherous crew, survive the storms, and find the treasure. Will she make it home again, or join the marooned Ben Gunn on the island forever?

Based on Robert Louis Stephenson’s classic novel, Treasure Island, and directed by Hull Truck Theatre’s Artistic Director Mark Babych, this new adaptation is a festive treat for all the family. With original songs and music from John Biddle, Stephenson’s tale is reimagined by award-winning writer Debbie Oates (Coronation Street, The Mill) and delivered with Hull Truck Theatre’s unique brand of Christmas magic.

The production sees the return of several familiar faces to Hull Truck Theatre. Annabel Betts (title roles in Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty at Hull Truck Theatre, and Ten Storey Love Song by Middle Child) plays the adventurous Jem Hawkins. Returning performers from Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty also include Louise Shuttleworth (Consuming Passions at Stephen Joseph Theatre; Merry Wives of Windsor at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre) as Ben Gunn and Captain Molly, Nicholas Goode (Of Mice and Men at Birmingham Repertory Theatre) as Dad, and Laurie Jamieson (Operation Black Antler by Blast Theory; Mercury Fur by Middle Child) as Long John Silver.

Jack Lord (co-lead in Kes at West Yorkshire Playhouse; Kiss Me Quickstep at the New Vic; The Winter’s Tale by Northern Broadsides) joins the cast as Uncle David, Jessica Murrain (Richard III at West Yorkshire Playhouse; Digs at the Pleasance; Cinderella: A Fairytale at the Tobacco Factory) plays Mum, and puppeteer Shannon Rewcroft (Cosmic at West Yorkshire Playhouse; CODA at Theatre 503; Lear by the Reversed Shakespeare Company) will operate the beautiful puppets made by John Barber.

Hull Truck Theatre are offering a special “Early Bird Family and Friends” rate, available until 31 October. Parties of four will get £3 off per ticket, and must include at least one over-18 and one under-18.

Creatives: Mark Babych (Director), Ciaran Bagnall (Designer), John Barber (Puppet Maker), John Biddle (Composer), Jon Beney (Movement Director), Roger Bartlett (Fight Director), Sian Costumer (Costumer Designer).

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Annabel Betts says:

‘I’m so excited to be coming back to Hull. The last two years have been so much fun. The audiences of Hull are generous and enthusiastic – they’re really responsive, which makes our job as actors so much easier. I wouldn’t miss out being in Hull at Christmas.’

Louise Shuttleworth says:

‘I am so excited to be returning to Hull this year for a third Christmas season.  I fell in love with the city on my first visit – the old pubs, the waterfront, and – above all – the feeling of being part of a small, friendly village, even though I’m in a city.  We always receive a warm welcome from the Hull Truck Theatre staff, and from the audiences who always bring plenty of Christmas spirit!’

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