Translation: Christiane Thiollier
Variations around a character and a tavern on Treasure Island - A little-known book by Stevenson, co-written with Henley.
The play Amiral Guinea stages a clash between four characters: Captain Gaunt, also nicknamed "Admiral Guinea", is a former commander of a slave ship, but also a man filled with remorse after a life as a slave trader which caused the death of his beloved wife, Hester, consumed by her husband's vile conduct; the second character is Arethuse Gaunt, Captain Gaunt's daughter; the third character is Christopher French, also known as Kit, a young buccaneer who decided to give up his pirate existence and go on the right path to marry Arethuse; Pew, the fourth character and one of the characters of Treasure Island,who has gone blind, is in this play, a former boatswain of Captain Gaunt, who will sow the disorder by driving the young Kit, to whom Captain Gaunt refused the hand of Arethuse, to take part in a senseless enterprise which will cause many misunderstandings and eventually end with the death of the villain. The fifth and last character, who stay in the background of the play, is Mrs. Drake, owner of an inn that also appears in Treasure Island, the Admiral Benbow.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) is the well-known author of Treasure Island and The Strange Cases of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He struck up a friendship with Henley in the 1880s.
William Ernest Henley (1849-1903) was a British poet, writer and dramatic critic, author of the famous resilience poem "Invictus" he wrote after having a foot amputated. Stevenson was inspired by his handicap to create Treasure Island character Long John Silver.
William Ernest Henley as seen by Lloyd Osbourne
William Ernest Henley vu par Lloyd Osbourne
Set of stage for Acts I, III and IV
Décor des actes I, III et IV
Set of stage for Act II
Décor de l’acte II