January 29, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Arthur Darvill as Long John Silver (photo by Johan Persson)
Arthur Darvill as Long John Silver in Treasure Island (photo by Johan Persson)

The National Theatre Live spring season opens Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg with a screening of Treasure Island. The Campus Theatre is located at 413 Market St.

The Saturday afternoon screening begins at 2 p.m. with a running time of two and a half hours including intermission. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Admission is adults $15; senior citizens $12; students $10; students with ID $5. For this production only, an adult who accompanies students between the ages of 10-14 will be admitted for $10. 

Treasure Island opened in London in December to very good reviews and is one of a handful of productions designed for younger as well as older audiences. The suggested audience age is 10+.

It's a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper's granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor's feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in — and her dangerous voyage begins.

This production of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic is adapted by Bryony Lavery. The part of Long John Silver is played by Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams in Dr. Who).

In four-star reviews, The Guardian calls it "An imaginative adaptation, which keeps alive the wit and excitement of the book" and Time Out says it's "Spectacular. Daring. Fun for all the family." The Daily Mail calls it "An ingenious production. Technical whizzery abounds."

The National Theatre (NT Live) season 6 is sponsored by the Bucknell University Departments of Art and Art History, Classics, English, and Theatre and Dance, the Bucknell Arts Council, the Bucknell Innovation Group and the Office of the Provost.

The spring schedule includes Of Mice and Men with James Franco and Chris O'Dowd (March 22), Behind the Beautiful Forevers (April 19), The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard (May 3) and Man and Superman with Ralph Fiennes (May 31). For more information on these productions, visit http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/ 

NT Live productions, which are screened in more than 700 venues worldwide, include productions at other U.K. theatres. Cameras are brought to the theatre one evening, and that live performance is seen, via satellite. U.S. theatres generally delay the broadcasts until the evening, or show the production on different days. These are the original live satellite feeds; no editing takes place between the time of transmission and showing.

 

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