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Preview: Around the World in 80 Days at Darlington Hippodrome

Cast announced for UK tour of Tilted Wig’s Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days

Darlington Hippodrome

Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25th March 2023

Tilted Wig (Murder, Margaret, and Me; Lady Chatterley’s Lover; The Picture of Dorian Grey) are thrilled to announce the cast of their tour of Around the World in 80 Days, in collaboration with York Theatre Royal, adapted and directed by Juliet Forster (Cinderella, York Theatre Royal; The York Radio Mystery Plays, BBC Radio and York Theatre Royal). Circus meets theatre in Around the World in 80 Days, a brand-new adaptation of Jules Verne’s iconic story, set to tour the UK from February - July 2023.

Alex Phelps

Each member of the cast will multi-roll throughout the duration of the performance, whilst also playing one lead role. Alex Phelps (As You Like It, Shakespeare’s Globe/CBeebies; When Darkness Falls, Park Theatre/UK Tour; Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre) will be playing the role of the determined Ringmaster. 

Katriona Brown 

Taking on the role of the Acrobat, is actor and puppeteer Katriona Brown (There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom and Other Stories, Little Angel Theatre; Chum-o-logues, Southwark Playhouse).

Genevieve Sabherwal
Genevieve Sabherwal (My Grandma’s a Walrus, Southwark Playhouse; Speed Dial, Pleasance; Spooky Ship, Bristol Old Vic) will be performing as the Trick Rider. Wilson Benedito (50 Ways to Kill Your Lover, Amazon; Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular, Channel 4) provides comedic relief as The Clown. 

Eddie Mann
Rounding off the cast as the sharp-witted Knife Thrower is Eddie Mann (Rocketman, Paramount; Macbeth, Three Inch Fools; Back to The Future, Secret Cinema). 

Join a rag-tag band of travelling circus performers as they embark on their most daring feat yet: to recreate Phileas Fogg’s race around the world. (feel like this sentence is out of place?)

Katriona Brown, Eddie Mann, Alex Phelps, Genevieve Sabherwal

Julie Forster, creative Director of the York Theatre Royal and director of Around the World in 80 Days, comments I was amazed that we generally know more about Jules Verne’s fictional characters than we do about the real woman who set the record for circumnavigating the globe in 1889 (and did the journey in less time…) I knew I had to tell her story. I found that this approach allowed interesting themes to emerge around whose stories get told, whose stories dominate and who should stand aside to give space to the untold ones.

Jules Verne’s original characters are transformed in Forster’s adaptation, embracing different modes of transport and they journey across the globe. Audiences can join the Ringmaster, the Acrobat, the Clown, the Trick Rider, and the Knife Thrower on their frantic race to travel Around the World in 80 Days.

Tilted Wig Productions was formed in 2017 by Katherine Senior and Matthew Parish who have over twelve years of experience producing and touring plays throughout the UK, taking over 20 productions out on the road. Their shows now tour around some of the biggest theatres in the UK, yet their original ethos has always remained the same: whether Titled Wig is producing a classic play or a vibrant new adaptation, they will always aim to inspire a bright and innovative creative team to take their stories UK-wide.


21st – 25th March Darlington Hippodrome Parkgate, Darlington DL1 1RR

Family Ticket: £84 for family of 4 (max 2 adults) Group Offer: £25 full / £23 concession / £15 U16’s for groups of 10 or more.    

Lucky Hipp Tickets: For all performances of Around The World In 80 Days, take a lucky dip on where you sit with a Lucky Hipp ticket for just £15. These tickets are limited, so book as soon as you can. Book over the phone or counter, or if you are booking online, instead of choosing your seats from the plan, select the Lucky Hipp button. 72 hours before the performance, you'll be allocated a full-view seat in the stalls or dress circle. Simple as that! 

Post Show Talks: A post show talk/Q & A with the cast will take place after the shows on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 March.

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