New adaptation of classic novel about the Scots and Scotland at Lemon Tree

New adaptation of classic novel about the Scots and Scotland at Lemon Tree

A new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s timeless classic Kidnapped, is to be staged by Cumbernauld Theatre at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree Studio on Thursday, May 10.

Set against the backdrop of revolution in Scotland, the epic tale brings a host of memorable characters to life onstage with all the evocative language of of one of the country's most famous 19th century writers in an exciting story of intrigue and adventure.

Cumbernauld Theatre’s artistic director Ed Robson said: “Robert Louis Stevenson was simply a genius and Kidnapped is one of the best known stories in all the world – adapting it for the stage has been a fantastic experience.

“It’s a true classic because it’s all about us, the Scots, our hopes and fears, the people and the country we live in. Right now, when there’s talk of independence in the air, Kidnapped has never been a more important story to tell.”

Perhaps best known for Treasure Island and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Stevenson’s Kidnapped tells the story of penniless young Davie Balfour, who is heir to a wealthy estate when his scheming uncle has him kidnapped and put aboard a ship for the Americas to work as a slave.

The ship is wrecked off the coast of Mull, and he meets a Jacobite rebel and wanted man; is erroneously accused of a shooting and is pursued across Scotland by the English Red Coats.

Their journey across Scotland mirrors Davie’s growth from a naïve young man with little understanding of himself or Scotland, to a strong young man with a clear grasp of himself and the state of his nation.

Tickets for the 7pm performance on Thursday May 10 are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Posted on Wednesday 02 May

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