Casting Announced For Around The World In 80 Days

Around The World in 80 Days at the St James Theatre

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

Shawshank Redemption Casting Announced

The Shawshank Redemption 2015 UK Tour

It was announced today that Ian Kelsey and Patrick Robinson will lead the cast in Bill Kenwright’s new production of The Shawshank Redemption which is to tour the UK starting in Windsor in August 2015. Ian Kelsey leaves the BBC series Doctors to play the wrongly convicted Andy Dufresne, a wrongly convicted banker who is handed a double life sentence for the brutal murder of his wife and her lover, which leads to him being incarcerated in Shawshank penitentiary. Joining Ian is Patrick Robinson who is best known for his role in BBC’s Casualty as Martin ‘Ash’ Ashford. Patrick will play the role of Ellis ‘Red” Redding, the prison ‘fixer’ who befriends Andy. Presented by Bill Kenwright, this new production will be directed by award-winning Broadway director David Esbjornson, adapted by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns, with design by Gary McCann and lighting by Chris Davey. BOOK TICKETS FOR THE … Read more

REVIEW: Kill Me Now, Park Theatre ✭✭✭✭

Jack McMullen, Greg Wise and Charlotte Harwood in Brad Fraser’s harrowing play Kill Me Now about disability.

Brad Fraser’s play, Kill Me Now, is an eye-opener. It approaches difficult, taboo even, topics with unerring candour. As the inaptly named Sturdy family face up to the overwhelming vicissitudes of life, with as much grace, tension, sympathy and anger as can be expected for a small family, each blow seems horrific but inevitable, and a workable solution to joint woes more impossible to fashion. But the love and humour which lacerates and laces them together permits a solution which is both tender and devastating.

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