Norwich Theatre Royal Review: Around the World in 80 Days a sublime, slapstick spectacle
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Eight countries, six trains, five boats, four fights, a circus and an elephant all on one stage.
Yes, Around the World in 80 Days has circumnavigated its way to Norwich's Theatre Royal.
Jules Verne's adventure novel published in 1873 has been adapted for the stage by Laura Eason.
The high-speed, globe-trotting adventure was more like Physical Fogg than Phileas such was the emphasis on choreography and movement.
It was a slick, slapstick show with some incredible slow-motion set pieces reminiscent of some of the scenes from The Matrix - the 1999 sci-fi action movie starring Keanu Reeves.
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Incredibly, the 125 characters were played by a cast of just eight.
Andrew Pollard starred as the mysterious, well-heeled, fantastically wealthy Fogg.
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- 2 Huge seaside home with indoor pool for sale for £600,000
- 3 Man dies in hospital after fight near Norfolk pub
- 4 The Bill star reveals he has moved to Norfolk and why he loves it
- 5 Why has a golden dome appeared in this Norfolk town?
- 6 Delays on roads as petrol queues continue
- 7 Queues form at Norfolk petrol stations - despite reassurances over stock
- 8 Dramatic pictures as huge barn fire breaks out near coast
- 9 Q&A: All you need to know about fuel shortages
- 10 A11 to undergo 18 months of roadworks
But it was arguably Michael Hugo who stole the show as his side-kick (Passepartout).
Hugo, who has more than a passing resemblance to comedian Lee Evans put in a hilarious, hyperactive, high-energy performance not dissimilar to the now retired Evans in his prime.
His rubber-like face and limbs contorted every which way to bring big laughs bursting from the audience.
Add to that the sublime staging, some great ad-libbing and a wealth of audience interaction - with some of those watching given the chance to be part of the action on stage - and it made for a terrific two hours.
The show was truly out of this world and is not to be missed.
Around the World in 80 Days runs until Saturday. To book, call on 01603 630000.