York Theatre Royal is known for producing incredible in-house shows, but now the incredibly talented venue team are taking their next production on tour to different community venues.
The company’s Travelling Pantomime visited 16 venues in the city throughout the Christmas season, and the theatre is on the move again with its spectacular family summer sow.
This time director Juliet Forster has adapted the Jules Verne classic Around the World in 80 Days into a new circus-themed show. It will be playing at four outdoor venues between 6th and 21st August, finishing the tour on stage at York Theatre Royal.
Juliet Forster last directed Love Bites at York Theatre Royal, which was a fantastic way to welcome live entertainment back to the stage. She said: As one of the characters in the play says: ‘If you can’t travel to exciting parts of the globe this summer, don’t despair – we are here to bring the world to you!’ That is the spirit of this production really.
“Many of us are feeling disappointed that there are still a lot of restrictions around travelling this summer, so this show is the perfect opportunity for some armchair tourism – or rather, picnic blanket tourism. Jules Verne’s story is a lot of fun as the characters race against time to complete a full circuit of the earth, and in this version, fact and fiction also go head to head as real-life investigative journalist Nellie Bly, puts in an appearance. It’s going to be a joyful, very energetic, very silly and highly acrobatic re-telling of the story, delivering the kind of experience that live theatre does best.”
The show will be staged outdoors on school playing fields at Carr Junior School (6-8 Aug), Copmanthorpe Primary School (10-12 Aug) Archbishop Holgate’s School (14-16 Aug) and Joseph Rowntree School (18-21 Aug), and then end the tour indoors at York Theatre Royal (25-28 Aug).
The cast includes Emilio Iannucci who will play the Ringmaster and Phileas Fogg, previously seen at the Theatre Royal in Book of Dragons and Hello and Goodbye. He plays the Ringmaster and Phileas Fogg. Other cast members are Ali Azhar (The Clown/Passepartout), Ulrika Krishnamurti (The Trick Rider/Aouda), Eddie Mann (The Knife Thrower/Detective Fox) and Dora Rubinstein (The Acrobat/Nellie Bly).
Chief Executive Tom Bird said: “Following the success of our hugely popular family summer shows, including Swallows and Amazons and The Wind In The Willows, we are excited to be going outdoors and to all four corners of York again with Around The World In 80 Days. This madcap adventure, full of fun and frivolity is just what we need right now – enjoy!”
For more information and to buy tickets, visit the York Theatre Royal website.