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Free Treasure Island Teaching Resources from the National Theatre

By Tom Sanderson
Last updated: September 2020
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The National Theatre’s production of Treasure Island is no longer available to watch as part of National Theatre At Home. However, schools can still watch the full show through the National Theatre Collection service and download the free education pack (see below).

Read more information about the National Theatre Collection and the National Theatre’s current NT At Home performances.

About Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny brought to life in this thrilling new stage adaptation.

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.

Filmed live on-stage by National Theatre Live, see Olivier Award-winner Patsy Ferran (Summer and Smoke) play Jim and Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) play Long John Silver in this rip-roaring adventure for the whole family.

This filmed performance is recommended for ages 10+. It contains some flashing lights and staged fight scenes.

Find out more about the National Theatre’s Treasure Island.

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National Theatre's Treasure Island Education Pack

Treasure Island Teaching Resources

Download the National Theatre’s official Treasure Island Education pack. The resource helps you explore the production at home with information and insights into the show and process.

The pack supports GCSE and A-Level students reviewing the show with suggestions of what to look for in the production. The production is an excellent example of character, set, costume and adaption.

To support younger students, the pack also comes with ideas to explore pirates and life at sea. Suggested activities include researching the historical impact and our fascination with pirates. Also, thoughts on how to create your own characters. Students are asked to explore styles and costume, but trying to avoid stereotypes to create ‘life-like’ characters.

Download the free Treasure Island Education Pack.

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National Theatre At Home.

National Theatre At Home is a way of seeing some of the NT’s famous work from the comfort of our homes, each Thursday from 7pm.

The series kicked off with their hit production of One Man, Two Guvnors. They continued with a range of productions including Jane Eyre, Treasure Island, Frankenstein, Barber Shop Chronicles and A Streetcar Named Desire.

Currently available is the Nottingham Playhouse production of Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III. Small Island, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Les Blancs, The Deep Blue Sea and Amadeus has also been announced.

Read more about National Theatre At Home.

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How to watch Treasure Island

The National Theatre’s production of Treasure Island is no longer available to watch as part of National Theatre At Home. However, schools can still watch the full show through the National Theatre Collection service.

Read more information about the National Theatre Collection and the National Theatre’s current NT At Home performances.

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