Around the World in 80 Days at the Cadogan Hall

Last Saturday myself and the kiddies headed to the theatre again, one of our favourite past times, this time to see Around the World in 80 Days!

Around the world in 80 days theatre

We were slightly out of our usual West End area for this one as it was showing at the Cadogan Hall in Sloane Square, in the heart of Chelsea! I haven’t been to this theatre before so it was lovely to go somewhere a bit different and I absolutely love Sloane Square…. suffice to say we had a good wander round the area afterwards, checking out the beautiful streets and cafe’s as well as having a nosy in the designer shops!

Cadogan Hall itself is a relatively small theatre and is home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s a renowned music venue and like many of London’s theatres, is steeped in history!

Cadogan hall

around the world in 80 days cadogan hall kids

We were all very excited to see Around the World in 80 Days. It’s not our usual musical theatre type of production but it really appealed to me as it sounded like a great adventure to be taken on with my children and the reviews were fantastic!

My children, who weren’t familiar with the story beforehand, were drawn in right from the start and the show moved along at very fast pace, keeping their attention fully fixated!

We are immediately introduced to the mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg, who wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. We are then joined by his loyal valet, Passepartout, as they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock.

around the world in 80 days

An ensemble cast of 8 play over 125 characters in an imaginative and physically inventive high-spirited escapade including six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant!

We were amazed by the imaginative way in which the story was told…. the race against time was captured perfectly as the actors rushed around from one scene to another. My daughter loved the boat scenes which were cleverly depicted simply by holding some railings and swaying from side to side… so simple but yet so effective and very funny!

Andrew Pollard (Phileas Fogg), Michael Hugo (Passepatout), Kirsten Foster (Mrs Aouda) & Pushpinder Chani (Mr Naidu). Credit - An

In one scene, which had the audience in stitches, the chairs and table had to be held as the boat was in ‘rough seas’ and this became hilarious as they then couldn’t be let go of.. the table didn’t even have legs! At one point a couple of kids from the audience were summoned onto the stage to hold on to the table and chairs which again was so comical!

Around The World in 80 Days. Dennis Herdman (Inspector Fix). Credit - Andrew Billington

The 8 actors I have to say were incredible, each so perfect in every role and so believable! The wonderfully straight laced Phileas Fogg was complimented perfectly by the absolute star of the show in our opinion…. his sidekick Passepartout, played by Michael Hugo… who was genius! I read somewhere he’s like a cross between Lee Evans and Norman Wisdom which sums him up perfectly. He had that slapstick, visual humour that really drew the audience in! As did the character of Mr. Fix… the bumbling Police Office baddie who I would liken to a pantomime villain! He popped up in the audience here and there too which my children loved!

Dennis Herdman (Inspector Fix), Michael Hugo (Passepartout), Kirsten Foster (Mrs Aouda) & Andrew Pollard (Phileas Fogg). Credit

The production takes us around the world in the Victorian era, taking in Egypt, India, Hong Kong and America and it’s a fascinating journey. You really do get a sense of the culture as you pass through each one! It was great for my children to see this and gain some knowledge of how travelling was done before the era of travelling everywhere by plane!

The stand out moments for us were the very clever passport and money throwing scenes…. and the fighting scenes…. both done with such imagination and brilliance. I would love everyone to go and watch this show just to witness those!

My children absolutely loved it. They got excited, they laughed, they booed and clapped…

.. it’s definitely one of the best family shows we’ve seen! So full of energy and entertainment.

This New Vic Theatre’s celebrated production of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days adapted by Laura Eason and directed by Theresa Heskins has been showing at Cadogan Hall for 5 weeks, it will be closing on 2nd September to embark on a major six month tour. 

It was first premiered at the New Vic Theatre in 2013 followed by a successful season at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester in 2014. This production has been nominated for both the UK Theatre Awards ‘Best New Production’ and the Manchester Theatre Awards ‘Best Show for Children and Families’. I can certainly see why!

If you get the chance, do go and see it, with or without the kids… it’s a show anyone and everyone will love so don’t miss out. Please!

Check out the UK Tour Dates below and you can find our more on the 80 Days Live website.

Theatre Royal Plymouth
12 – 16 September
01752 267222
www.theatreroyal.com

New Theatre, Cardiff
19 – 24 September
029 2087 8889
www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
26 – 30 September
0114 249 6000
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

Salisbury Playhouse
2 – 7 October
01722 320 333
www.salisburyplayhouse.com

Exeter Northcott Theatre
10 – 15 October
01392 726363
www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

Rose Theatre, Kingston
17 – 22 October
020 8174 0090
www.rosetheatrekingston.org

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
24 – 26 October
024 7652 4524
www.warwickartscentre.co.uk

Liverpool Playhouse
27 – 28 October
0151 709 4776
www.everymanplayhouse.com

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
31 October – 4 November
01483 440000
www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Derby Theatre
7 – 12 November
01392 59 39 39
www.derbytheatre.co.uk

Cambridge Arts Theatre
14 – 18 November
01223 503333
www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

Artsdepot, North Finchley
29 November – 3 December
020 8369 5454
www.artsdepot.co.uk

The Lowry, Salford Quays
5 December – 7 January
0843 208 6000
www.thelowry.com/family

Booking fees apply… some tickets are not on sale yet.

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Comments

  1. Hayley Challinor says:

    This Looks amazing! I love a trip to the theatre!

  2. This sounds like such a fun show to see! I know of the story, but I don’t actually really know what it’s about… Might have to try pop along to a show!

  3. Jules Verne was my favourite author ever when I was a kid! Shame they never taught it in school! :( It is great they are making a theatre play for kids now! Hope they’ll still be touring in a few years time when my son is old enough to go to the theatre!

  4. My two absolutely love going to the theatre we don’t do it often but it is such a lovely treat when we do go. I have such fond memories of going when I was a child. It looks like you had a really fabulous time. xx

  5. The Daisy Pages says:

    This looks like so much fun. I’ve just been over and watched the trailer and I’m so tempted to buy tickets. I think I’ll show the kids tonight and go from there, hanks for the recommendation!

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