Christmas at London’s St James Theatre gives audiences a bumper collection of festive fare. Three productions running in rep that will appeal to people of all ages.
In the main theatre is Laura Eason’s adaptation of Jules Verne’s Around The World In 80 Days while Thomas Brodie Sangster spends lunch in Gordon Rider’s The Three Kings in the St. James Studio.
Directed by Lucy Bailey this new stage production of Jules Verne’s classic 1873 novel has a cast that includes Robert Portal as Phileas Fogg and Simon Gregor as Passepartout, with Tony Gardner and Shanya Rafaat.
The majestically mysterious, fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just eighty days.
Fogg, and his loyal valet, Passepartout, voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock. A cast of eight play more than 50 characters in this high-spirited, imagination-filled escapade.
Lucy Bailey said: “I remember Jules Verne’s book as delightfully eccentric. This new stage version is off the wall, refreshingly unconventional, and celebrates our world – what could be better! It’s a chase movie, a love story, and a heroic quest – all in one.”
Thomas Brodie Sangster (so grown up since his debut in Love Actually) stars in The Three Kings. He plays Tackle in this new Christmas themed comedy, with Antony Eden (Woman in Black) as Block and Vanessa-Faye Stanley (War Horse) as Melanie.
This poignant new comedy journeys from doubt to belief via the public bar of The Three Kings pub. Rejoice in the quicksilver repartee of Block and Tackle as they lock horns (or is that antlers?) over love, life and the wonders of the totally unexpected.
The boozing heroes have been work-mates on the building site for the past nine months but on the eve of Christmas a revelation comes about that will change their lives forever.
At just 45 minutes long, it’s a perfect and hilarious way to spend a lunchbreak in the lead up to Christmas.
The team behind the hugely successful and critically acclaimed The Fitzrovia Radio Hour return to the St. James Studio with The Fitzrovia Radio Hour’s Christmas Special running from during the evenings, with weekend matinees.
Recreating the unique spirit of 1940s radio plays and evoking a dinner-jacketed age of casual imperialism and stiff upper lips, the Christmas Special consists of four festive stories performed with cut-glass theatricality blending homage and satire, mixing the chauvinist attitudes of 1940s Britain with sharp contemporary humour to produce a heady comic cocktail.
The cast is Tim Dewberry, William Findley, Alex Gilbert, Fiona Sheehan and Dan Starkey.
Around The World in 80 Days plays on the main stage from November 26-January 17. The Three Kings runs 1pm, December 14-19; The Fitzrovia Radio Hour’s Christmas Special plays December 12-23 at 8pm, both in St James Studio.