Casting has been announced for a new production of Around The World in 80 Days which will run at the St James Theatre from November 26, 2015. Robert Portal will take on the role of Phileas Fogg will be Robert Portal. Simon Gregor will play Passepartout, with Tony Gardner as Inspector Fix, Shanaya Rafaat as Mrs Aouda and Eben Figueiredo and Tim Steed in the ensemble. For Robert Portal, Around The World in 80 Days is reminiscent of his own endeavours, having rowed 3000 miles across the Atlantic in The Talisker Whisky Challenge and taken part in the Marathon des Sables, running over 150 miles in the Sahara Desert in six days, raising money for charity on both occassions. The majestically mysterious, fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just eighty days. Join Fogg and his loyal valet, Passepartout, as they voyage … Read more
Despite a delicious design from Anna Fleischle (the black velvet floor and beautifully detailed costumes especially) and some winning, often charming, performances from Catrin Stewart, Jamie Thomas King, Andy Apollo, Colin Ryan and Matthew Needham, Dunster’s production does not establish any case for Love’s Sacrifice to be revived.