Cast announced for Around the World in 80 Days 2023 UK tour

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Casting has been revealed for the new UK tour of Jules Verne classic Around the World in 80 Days.

Circus meets theatre in Around the World in 80 Days, a brand-new adaptation of Jules Verne’s iconic story, where each member of the cast will perform multiple roles to recreate a rag-tag band of travelling circus performers that embark on a daring mission to recreate Phileas Fogg’s race around the world.

Alex Phelps (As You Like It, Shakespeare’s Globe/CBeebies; When Darkness Falls, Park Theatre/UK Tour; Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre) will be playing the determined Ringmaster, Phileas Fogg.

Taking on the role of the Acrobat, Nellie Bly, is actor and puppeteer Katriona Brown (There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom and Other Stories, Little Angel Theatre; Chum-o-logues, Southwark Playhouse).

Genevieve Sabherwal (My Grandma’s a Walrus, Southwark Playhouse; Speed Dial, Pleasance; Spooky Ship, Bristol Old Vic) will be performing as the Aouda, The Trick Rider.

Wilson Benedito (50 Ways to Kill Your Lover, Amazon; Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular, Channel 4) provides comedic relief as The Clown, Passepartout.

Rounding off the cast as the sharp-witted Knife Thrower, Detective Fix, is Eddie Mann (Rocketman, Paramount; Macbeth, Three Inch Fools; Back to The Future, Secret Cinema).

Produced by Tilted Wig in collaboration with York Theatre Royal, Around the World in 80 Days is adapted and directed by Juliet Forster (Cinderella, York Theatre Royal; The York Radio Mystery Plays, BBC Radio and York Theatre Royal).

Juliet Forster, creative director of The York Theatre Royal and director of Around the World in 80 Days, said, “I was amazed that we generally know more about Jules Verne’s fictional characters than we do about the real woman, Nellie Bly, who set the record for circumnavigating the globe in 1889 (and did the journey in less time…) I knew I had to tell her story. I found that this approach allowed interesting themes to emerge around whose stories get told, whose stories dominate and who should stand aside to give space to the untold ones.

Jules Verne’s original characters are transformed in Forster’s adaptation, embracing different modes of transport as they journey across the globe. Audiences can join the Ringmaster, the Acrobat, the Clown, the Trick Rider, and the Knife Thrower on their frantic race to travel Around the World in 80 Days.

The UK tour will run from February to July 2023 begining at York Theatre Royal on 2 February. Full tour dates listed below.

Around The World in 80 Days 2023 UK tour dates

2nd – 4th February
York Theatre Royal

10th – 12th February
Eden Court, Inverness

14th – 19th February
Malvern Theatres

23rd – 26th February
Crewe Lyceum

28th February – 4th March
The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

9th March – 12th March
The Beck Theatre, Hayes

16th – 18th March
Corn Exchange, Newbury

21st – 25th March
Darlington Hippodrome

28th March- 1st April
Exeter Northcott

4th – 8th April
Buxton Opera House

11th – 15th April
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

20th – 23rd April
Palace Theatre, Southend

25th – 29th April
Mercury Theatre, Colchester

2nd – 6th May
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

8th – 13th May
Theatre Royal Winchester

16th – 20th May
Richmond Theatre

30th May – 3rd June
Albany Theatre, Coventry

5th – 10th June
Derby Theatre

13th – 17th June
Lighthouse, Poole

22nd – 25th June
New Theatre, Cardiff

5th – 8th July
Cast, Doncaster

11th – 15th July
Oldham Coliseum

19th – 22nd July
Churchill Theatre, Bromley

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