The cast list for “Around the World in Eighty Days’ which is being staged at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds has been revealed.
It has three actors playing a total of 20 characters with Oliver Stoney (portraying Phileas Fogg.
He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and his theatre credits include “The Bodyguard” (International Tour); George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (UK tour); “Speed-the-Plow” (Playhouse); “The Sunshine Boys” (Savoy), “Rain Man” (UK tour), “Holding the Man” (Trafalgar Studios), “Legally Blonde” and “South Pacific” (Kilworth). Oliver (above) has also appeared in the television series “Call the Midwife”.
He said: “I am excited to be involved in such a wonderful adaptation of this well-loved tale. This is the perfect choice to welcome audiences back to the theatre – an opportunity to enjoy the exploits of Phileas and Passepartout and look forward to our own adventures in the near future.”
Fogg’s side-kick and the comic heart of the play, Passepartout, is to be brought to life by Roddy Peters (above) who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and was awarded the Laurence Olivier Bursary.
Theatre credits include “North By Northwest” (Bath, Toronto and Australia tour), “Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs” (Southbank Centre), “Sleepyhead” (Little Angel Theatre), “The Game’s Afoot” and “Alice’s Adventures Underground” (Les Enfant Terribles), “The BFG” (Bolton Octagon), “Bath Time” (Oxford Playhouse), “Minotaur and The Lost World” (Bristol Old Vic), “A Christmas Carol” (Birmingham Rep), “Floyd Collins” (Southwark Playhouse), “Richard II” (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory) and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (The Lord Chamberlain’s Men).
Other credits feature “The Archers” (BBC Radio 4), the feature film “Eight Minutes Idle” (BBC Films) and various audio books for the RNIB.
Roddy was associate director on “Captain Flinn” and the “Pirate Dinosaurs” (Pleasance Edinburgh and UK tour2019) and assistant director on “Alice’s Adventures Underground” (Vaults London 2017 and Shanghai 2018).
Fix of the Yard, Fogg’s nemesis, a master detective and a master of disguise will be reprised by Naveed Khan (above) who trained at the Oxford School of Drama.
His theatre credits include “A Thousand Splendid Suns” (Birmingham EP), “Tamburlaine & Tartuffe” (RSC), “Paradise of the Assassins” (Tara Arts), “Darknet” (Southwark Playhouse) “Pitcairn” (Shakespeare’s Globe, Chichester Festival Theatre & Out of Joint), “Flood – To The Sea & Flood – Abundance” (Slung Low and BBC), “The Trial” (Watford Palace Theatre), “Pioneer & After the Rainfall” (Curious Directive) and “The Tagore Project” (West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Naveed’s TV credits also include “Living in Fear” (Sky), “Humans & Electric Dreams” (Channel 4), “Hold the Sunset” (BBC), “Josh” (BBC3), “Birds of a Feather” (ITV), “River” (BBC) and “The Catherine Tate Show” (BBC).
He also has a series of film credits including Captain Mahmou’ in Kenneth Branagh’s “Death on the Nile” 2021 (20th Century Studios), “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” (Instinct), “Body of Water” (BFI & BBC Films), “Survivor” (Millennium Films) and “Second Coming” (BFI/Film 4).
“Around the World in Eighty Days” is taking place on from Friday, May 21, to Saturday, June 5 and is being directed by Theatre Royal’s artistic director Owen Calvert-Lyons.
Tickets are on sale now at www.theatreroyal.org