AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS – Touring

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Touring until 7 January 2018
Reviewed at Cadogan Hall, London

What an adventure lies in store for the audience of Laura Eason’s adaptation of Jules Verne literary classic Around the World in 80 Days, as directed here by Theresa Heskins.

As we joined Phileas Fogg (played by Andrew Pollard) on his journey around the world for a £20,000 bet we were treated to a marvelous adventure of elephant rides, ocean crossings and a rather fun acrobatic circus act. The play is well written, funny and energetic.

Although written with a young audience in mind, I‘ll go ahead and admit I was laughing from start to finish. The slapstick action and well-timed gags ensured laughs throughout. As with any show aimed at a young crowd, there was the obligatory use of audience participation and even this was carried out in a smart and funny manner.

Fogg’s assistant, Passepartout, played by Michael Hugo, garnered the most laughs of the evening as he got entangled into a variety of mishaps. The rest of the cast also put in marvelous performances undertaking some 125 characters amongst the cast of 8.

London’s Cadogan Hall, as a venue, certainly added an atmospheric touch to the play, though at some points hampered the acoustics as it was hard to decipher the dialogue at the back at some points.

Overall, the play was splendid. A fun watch for children and plenty for the adults to enjoy too!

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Shanine Salmon was a latecomer to theatre after being seduced by the National Theatre's £5 entry pass tickets and a slight obsession with Alex Jennings. She is sadly no longer eligible for 16-25 theatre tickets but she continues to abuse under 30 offers. There was a market for bringing awareness that London theatre was affordable in an era of £100+ West End tickets – Shanine’s blog, View from the Cheap Seat, launched in April 2016, focuses on productions and theatres that have tickets available for £20 and under. She is also quite opinionated and has views on diversity, pricing, theatre seats and nudity on stage. Her interests include Rocky Horror, gaming, theatre (of course) and she also has her own Etsy shop. Shanine tweets at @Braintree_.
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Shanine Salmon
Shanine Salmon was a latecomer to theatre after being seduced by the National Theatre's £5 entry pass tickets and a slight obsession with Alex Jennings. She is sadly no longer eligible for 16-25 theatre tickets but she continues to abuse under 30 offers. There was a market for bringing awareness that London theatre was affordable in an era of £100+ West End tickets – Shanine’s blog, View from the Cheap Seat, launched in April 2016, focuses on productions and theatres that have tickets available for £20 and under. She is also quite opinionated and has views on diversity, pricing, theatre seats and nudity on stage. Her interests include Rocky Horror, gaming, theatre (of course) and she also has her own Etsy shop. Shanine tweets at @Braintree_.

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