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Yo ho ho with a cast of four



Performed with a cast of four (pirates), Exeter-based multi-award-winning physical comedy company Le Navet Bete brings its epic version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island to The Dukes, Lancaster later this month (September 22-25).

It's the company’s seventh collaboration with John Nicholson, one of UK theatre’s leading comedy directors and writers.

Nicholson said: "Le Navet Bete has an inimitable flair for multi-character work and also a love/predilection for bonkers storytelling. Treasure Island is an epic, escapist, coming-of-age adventure. It’s a big story, so theatrical adaptations tend to employ sizeable casts. But this adaptation is written for a cast of four actors, who play 26 characters – so it’s certainly epic backstage!’

Nick Bunt from Le Navet Bete, added: "The original story had always been one in the back of our minds – the characters and narrative give us so much to work with – to create an immensely fun, true to the story-ish, larger-than-life world to play with and put our own chaotic spin on."

The show is suitable for family audiences with children aged seven and over.

Le Navet Bete has played to audiences around the world since its formation in 2007. The four (Al Dunn, Matt Freeman, Dan Bianchi and Nick Bunt) met while studying at university in 2003, and since graduating have produced 14 indoor and three outdoor shows to critical acclaim and success.

Three of their productions - Dracula: The Bloody Truth, Treasure Island and The Three Musketeers: A Comedy Adventure - have been published and licensed worldwide, with sold-out performances in Canada, America and New Zealand.