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Theatre REVIEW: Kidnapped - ★★★★

Updated: Apr 12, 2023

Some are born great, some achieve greatness… and then there’s Davie Balfour.

19-year-old Davie has never left home, never been kissed and never fired a gun. Armed with nothing but a hand-drawn map, he heads off on an adventure like no other – quickly realising that he has a lot of catching up to do…

This riotous re-telling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure novella is jam-packed with 20th century pop music and 18th century romance. Performed by a dynamic ensemble of actor-musicians, Kidnapped is a colourful coming-of-age story - shot-through with Stevenson’s trademark blend of poetry, humour and heart.

Join Davie as he navigates murderous foes, Jacobite outlaws, and the most inept crew of pirates this side of the Atlantic on a journey of eye-opening discovery and treasures untold.

Based on the adventure novel by Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson.

Adapted for the stage by Isobel McArthur with Michael John McCarthy (the writer and musical supervisor of the award-winning Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of)).

A National Theatre of Scotland production.



The Lyceum, Edinburgh - until 22nd April - Part of Scotland Tour


Daniel (Age 13) - ★★★1/2

"This was a good show, the acting was great and the story was good but a bit boring at times.

My favourite character was Allen because he was funny.

Overall this was a good show although a wee bit boring."

Adam (Age 12) - ★★★1/2

"It was funny. The acting was great and all the characters were played so well. It had a great story.”

Stewart - ★★★★★

"A funky retelling of a classic Scottish story, a fun cast, lots of great musical numbers and a quirky use of set and props and a sprinkle of cheeky humour make this a must-see. Lots of fun, takes a lot of liberties with the original story but sticks well to the spirit of a Robert Louis Stevenson caper."


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