Troupe off to a Treasure Island

MANSFIELD Hospital Theatre Troupe is gearing up for its annual panto, which this year will be Treasure Island.

The troupe will be taking to the high seas in a tale of piracy and intrigue, performing the Robert Louis Stevenson classic in its own inimitable style.

Mansfield Palace Theatre will play host to a fun-filled panto, awash with audience participation, music and comedy with some outrageous characters.

Said director, Scott McKenzie: “The show is packed with fun for everyone, young and old alike.

“Last year I spoke about how long it takes to put on one of our shows, well let’s put it this way I read Treasure Island script on the way to last year’s matinee, so it takes a full year.

“Costumes went into production in February, and we have some of the most expensive costumes I’ve ever had created - and possibly the biggest, but you’ll have to wait to the very end of the show to witness that one- let’s just say it’s a two man lift!”

Proceeds from the panto go to local charities and good causes.

Last year, the troupe donated £3,000 to charity after its production of Ali Baba - taking the total amount raised to more than £106,000 since the 1980s.

l Treasure Island takes place at 2.15pm on 28th Jaunary and at 7.15pm on 30th January and 4th February.

Tickets cost £7, £6 concessions, from the Palace Theatre box office on Mansfield 633133.