THE open-air garden theatre at Welshpool's Powis Castle is transformed into Treasure Island at 7pm on Friday, July 12.

When he stumbles across a coveted treasure map, young Jim Hawkins finds himself on an epic adventure in the hope of finding Treasure Island as Chapterhouse Theatre present Robert Louis Stevenson's pirate classic.

And adventurers of all ages are invited to join the pirate crew of the Hispaniola in costume for a pirate parade of song, dance and shivering timbers during the interval of tonight's show.

The legendary pirate Long John Silver rules the waves in Laura Turner's new adaptation of the swashbuckling pirate adventure as Jim Hawkins undertakes an epic journey to find the lost gold.

But not everyone is to be trusted and dark secrets lurk on board ship.

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Booking is essential with the National Trust box office on 0344 2491895, with tickets costing £16 for adults and £11 for children. Take along rugs or low back seating. Performances go ahead in all but the worst weather.

Mid Wales is taken over by pirates this weekend with the "Pirates of Penzance" also being presented at Montgomery Town Hall this Saturday night by Kington Operatic Company.

Powis Castle will also host an outdoor production of Shakespeare's rip-roaring comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" on Tuesday, August 6, with the Three-Inch Fools company.

The ruins of Montgomery Castle will also provide the atmospheric setting for the Illyria theatre company to return on Thursday, August 15, when they will present Shakespeare's "The Tempest".