The National Theater of Scotland sets sail with Kidnapped ThePipaNews



THE National Theater of Scotland has unveiled its retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic short story, Kidnapped.

The show has its world premiere at the Beacon Arts Center in Greenock on March 31.

It will then go on tour to the Theater Royal in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Eden Court in Inverness, Perth Theater and Northern Stage in Newcastle between March and May.

The story has been adapted for the stage by Isobel McArthur with Michael John McCarthy, the writer and musical supervisor behind the Olivier Award-winning Pride and Prejudice* (*type)commissioned by Glasgow’s Tron Theatre.

In their retelling of the story, the relationship between the central characters – Davie Balfour and Alan Breck Stewart – is recast as a romance.

In a statement, McArthur and McCarthy said: “In Kidnappedthere seemed to us more of Stevenson the man, his beliefs and experiences than in any other of his works of fiction.

“His deeply romantic view of being human, his attempt to hold on to a sense of innocence and wonder at the world, his desire to travel, his attraction to glamor and physical strength … they’re all here.

“In this short story, Stevenson asks what it is to be Scottish, to be in love, to be an adult – all through the telling of a historical tale, full of humour, heart and song.

“It is a true adventure story – where body, heart and soul are put through their paces – to, by turns, exciting, poignant and humorous effect. We just couldn’t help it.”

Read more news and reviews on the Scottish Fields culture pages.

Plus, don’t miss actor Cal MacAninch sharing his credo October’s luxury issue of Scottish field journal.


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