Keith Allen will play pirate Long John Silver in a new production of Treasure Island, adapted by Ken Ludwig, to run over Christmas in London's West End.


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Keith Allen will make his West End stage debut starring as ‘Long John Silver’ in Ken Ludwig’s new stage adaptation of “TREASURE ISLAND” by Robert Louis Stevenson at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The play will open on Monday 17 November, following previews from 7 November.

“TREASURE ISLAND” will be directed by Sean Holmes (“The Entertainer” and work with the Royal Shakespeare Company), with design by Lizzie Clachan (a founder of Shunt known for work with the Royal National Theatre), lighting by Paul Anderson (Complicite), music by Tom Haines & Ross Hughes and sound by Emma Laxton. The show will feature a live band on stage.

Amongst his numerous television credits, Keith Allen plays ‘The Sheriff of Nottingham’ in the new BBC series “Robin Hood”. His many films include “24-Hour Party People”, “Twin Town”, “Trainspotting”, “Shallow Grave”, “Scandal” and “Supergrass”. His London theatre work includes Harold Pinter’s “The Celebration” and “The Room” at the Almeida Theatre and “The Homecoming” at the Royal National Theatre.

Ken Ludwig is internationally known as a playwright. His work includes the award-winning book for the Gershwin musical “Crazy for You” and the award-winning plays “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Moon Over Buffalo”. He was commissioned by the Bristol Old Vic to write a stage adaptation of “The Three Musketeers” which ran there for eight weeks over Christmas 2006.

“TREASURE ISLAND” will be produced by Brian Eastman and Andrew Welch.

Performance times at the Theatre Royal Haymarket will be Mondays and Wednesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, Tuesdays at 7.00pm and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets, priced from £20- £45, are available from the Theatre Royal Haymarket Box Office on 0845 481 1870 or at

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