The play first premiered at the New Vic Theatre back in 2013. Then it moved to Royal Exchange Theatre in 2014. It received nominations for both the UK Theatre Awards’ Best New Production and the Manchester Theatre Awards’ Best Show for Children and Families.
The story follows the mysterious and wealthy Phileas Fogg, who wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. With his loyal valet, Passepartout, they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock.
What makes this production different from other plays is their ensemble cast of eight people are playing over 125 characters. Their imaginative and physically inventive high-spirited escapade includes six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts, and one elephant.
About the 80 Days cast
The UK tour reunites the original cast members:
Andrew Pollard (Phileas Fogg) trained at Bristol Old Vic before going on to work in theatre, TV, pantomime, and radio. Some of his theatre credits are Diana of Dobsons (New Vic Theatre) and Life’s a Drag (Contact Theatre).
Michael Hugo (Passepartout) has performed in several theatre productions including Cyrano (Northern Broadsides) and Cinderella (Lawrence Batley Theatre). Michael was also in TV shows Coronation Street, I’m With Stupid, and Sir Gadabout.
Meanwhile, Dennis Herdman (Inspector Fix) studied at Manchester Metropolitan University. His theatre credits include The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, and The Oresteia (Shakespeare’s Globe). Dennis also appeared in TV shows such as Knightfall, Brum, and City Central.
Joining them are Pushpinder Chani (Mr Naidu), Kirsten Foster (Mrs Aouda), Matthew Ganley (Colonel Proctor), Simi Egbejumi-David (Captain Speedy), and Joey Parsad (Miss Singh).