In the OPEN AIR at
Hamptworth Lodge
19 - 29 July 2017

At 7:30pm - Matinée Sunday 23 July at 3pm.
No performance on Monday 24th July.

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The Reviews


19th July

It was a real treat to be able to enter the grounds of the magnificent property that is Hamptworth Lodge and wander unimpeded around a venue that is rarely allowed to be seen by the public. The gardens prove a delight and natural background for this equally rarely seen adaption of the famous Jules Verne novel, perhaps more famous for the screen version with David Niven and Shirley MacLaine.

Jonathan Marmont plays Phileas Fogg with suitable British Empire bounce and resolve, forever eschewing the sights for the journey and rescuing his long-suffering manservant, Passepartout – played with energetic verve and flawless accent by Ruben Sanchez-Garcia – from endless scrapes engineered by a dedicated James Norton as Inspector Fix.

Suze Avery plays Mrs Aouda as a charming feminist adventurer finally being able to woo the ‘set in his ways’ Phileas, and there is a supporting cast in character roles, notably in the shape of Paul Baker as Mr Naizu (flawless diction), Marie McDade as various outrageous seafaring captains and Jez Minns as numerous consuls and dignitaries.

Under director Paul Green, it is clear that a lot of work had gone into providing the journey, the beautiful and ingenious elephant on wheels being particularly well received. It appeared to me, however, that perhaps the space is a bit too much for what might be a more intimate production along the lines of The 39 Steps, which plays on the notion that it is a send-up and the various actors repeating the roles along the way with just a change of hat etc is just as funny as the scrapes portrayed, and the Britishness is at its most barmy. This production falls somewhat between two stools of seriousness and pantomime, and the modern music Ski Sunday theme and Star Trek references (a brilliant Scotty impersonation) may seem somewhat incongruous and baffling to those treating it as a purely faithful adaption. The balloon reference seals the deal on the status of previous proceedings but perhaps rather too late.

Praise can be given for how hard the cast and crew work, and the change of props and period costumes keep everything going at a pace: you really feel the speed of the journey. Attention to detail is shown in the case of the (cleverly designed) funeral fire, train and boat scenes rapidly interchanging before your eyes with helpful city-named placards to assist, just in case it is all a bit too frenetic.

Does he win his £20,000 or was it all in vain? The joy is waiting for the delicious twist ending.

- David Putley

Don't miss the boat!

The Plot

When the gentlemen at the Reform Club claim it is impossible to travel around the world in just 80 days, Phileas Fogg wagers £20,000 that it can be done. With his eager and loyal manservant, Passepartout, at his side Phileas Fogg sets off on an adventure that will see him encounter pompous officials, rescue a woman from human sacrifice and brave a bandit attack, all to prove his point.

Unbeknownst to Fogg, he is also being tailed by Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard who suspects him of being the master criminal who broke into the Bank of England. With Fix looking to thwart the journey and ever shorter deadlines, how can Fogg possibly complete his journey in only 80 days?

Come and join Fogg and Passepartout on an adventure full of thrills, laughs, danger and intrigue, which will take you to Bombay, Hong Kong, San Francisco and more...without even having to leave your seat!

Director & Cast

The Director of this production was Paul Green
This is Paul’s first outdoor show directing for Maskers, although it is the fourth outdoor show he has directed. Previous outdoor shows include Blue Remembered Hills at Romsey Abbey and The 39 Steps at The Minack Theatre, Cornwall. The most recent shows he directed for Maskers were An Italian Straw Hat (with Hazel Burrows and Chris Baker) at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, and Di and Viv and Rose at the Maskers Studio Theatre. Paul’s background is in physical theatre and he has tried to introduce this into the show together with a sense of silliness and fun.

Phileas Fogg played by Jonathan Barney Marmont
This is Jonathan’s sixth appearance with Maskers having been a member of other societies for a few years. Last summer, he played Professor Higgins in Pygmalion. Other recent roles include Boby in An Italian Straw Hat and Gregor Samsa in Metamorphosis for which he received the Best Actor Curtain Call Award for 2016. Jonathan enjoys playing such a wide variety of characters and performing in the open air. He is looking forward to riding in a hot air balloon.

Passepartout played by Ruben Sanchez-Garcia
Ruben joined Maskers in 2010 and has appeared at Hamptworth as a pirate in Treasure Island and as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other acting credits include Soldier in Chair and Peter in Zoo Story. He has also directed Butterfly Kiss at the Maskers Studio. Ruben is delighted to be trying out a French accent for this production in place of his native Spanish.

Mrs Aouda played by Suzanne Avery
After getting up to date with her inoculations and ensuring that there was still 6 months left on her passport, Suze has enjoyed getting stuck into Around The World In 80 Days.  It certainly makes a refreshing change from her last role for Maskers in which she could be seen wearing extravagant frilly neon-pink knickers and weeing into a tea urn.  Enjoy the refreshments.

Inspector Fix played by James Norton
James joined Maskers in 2007 for the outdoor production of Pride and Prejudice, and went on to take a leading role in Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors in 2008. Since joining he has also played a WWI soldier in Accrington Pals, a fumbling Mississippi lawyer in Crimes of the Heart, a swash buckling pirate in Treasure Island and the legendary Spitfire designer R.J. Mitchell among other roles. This is the fourth time James has performed on the Hamptworth stage, with the last being in Anne Boleyn (2013) playing George Villiers, the gay lover of King James I.

Mr Stuart / Colonel Stamp Proctor / Calcutta Policeman played by Adam Taussik
Since joining Maskers 14 years ago, Adam (a committed pacifist) has played a few soldiers and policemen (usually of the lower ranks), ending up as Colonel Pickering in last year’s Pygmalion - staying at this elevated rank seems logical enough. For this show, Adam will also be renewing the Victorian elegance of The Importance of Being Earnest and channelling the spirit of Baloo, the Indian bear, into the local police force. When not in the 19th Century, he has another life in Student Services at the University of Southampton.

Mr Flanagan / Street-Sweep / Enraged Man / Peninsular Conductor / Guard / Passenger / Mr Mudge played by David Jobson
David returns to Hamptworth after playing Buldeo in The Jungle Book. Following on appearances in the Chesil’s Three Musketeers and Robin Hood, he eagerly anticipates a summer of action-packed fun. He played Emile in An Italian Straw Hat in January. Having played two Frenchmen, an Indian and an peasant, finally he feels at home as a posh English bloke.

Enraged Person / Guard / Opium Smoker / Passenger / Train Porter played by Joanna Iacovou
Joanna has played many roles since joining Maskers over thirteen years ago; last year she was the Sarcastic Bystander in Pygmalion. Favourite roles have included Ruby Birtle in When We Are Married and Rita in Educating Rita. Jo branched out into directing with Our Town at Maskers Studio Theatre for which she won Best Director of a Drama in the Curtain Call Awards 2014.

James / Mr Naidu / Opium Smoker / Bandit / Liverpool Policeman played by Paul Baker
Paul made his debut for Maskers in 1996 in The Three Musketeers. He has been in every outdoor production since. This year he plays a number of parts. His main character is Mr Naidu an Indian businessman who was educated and lived in Wales for many years.

Flower Seller / Passenger / Captain von Darius / Captain Speedy played by Marie McDade
This will be Marie’s 4th outing on the Hamptworth stage – from Shakespearian fairy to Cockney Bystander via Kipling’s jungle panther, Bagheera, – and she is looking forward to tackling several more eccentric roles this year, including a bit of cross-dressing!

Mr Ralph / Suez Consul / Bombay Consul / Hong Kong Consul / Batulcar / Bandit played by Jez Minns
Jez has worked as an amateur and professional actor on stage, TV and film for the last 30 years. When he was young and good looking he played Jesus in The Master and Margarita and Sordido in Howard Barker's version of Women Beware Women. His last stage appearance was as a French policeman in An Italian Straw Hat, sporting another magnificent moustache!

Beggar Woman / Judge Obadiah / Passenger played by Sue Dashper
Sue has been a regular in the Hamptworth cast playing various maids, monkeys, fairies and now a new selection of characters. Sue was finally allowed to be a member of the gentry in An Italian Straw Hat this year. She was nominated for a Curtain Call Award 2016 for best supporting actress for her role as Mrs Samsa in Metamorphosis.

Enraged Person / Clerk / Opium Smoker / Carnatic Purser / Passenger / Bandit / Sailor played by Hazel Slawson
This is Hazel’s debut with Maskers and she has certainly been thrown in the deep end! Her range of parts means she is unlikely to stand still for ten days.

Miss Singh / Passenger / Engineer played by Molly McDade
When Molly left for university after playing Tabaqui, Shere Khan’s mangy, rabid jackal sidekick in The Jungle Book, we thought we had lost her – at least for a few years. However, she managed to return for a cameo appearance in Pygmalion and is back again this year with her pet elephant.

Creative Team

Production Manager
Christine Baker
Assistant to the Director
Meri Mackney
Stage Manager
David Cowley
Assistant Stage Manager
Molly McDade
Set Design
Zoe Harris, Paul Green, John Hamon
Lighting Design
Clive Weeks
Sound Design
Tom Foyle
Costume Design & Wardrobe
Allegra Carlton & Meri Mackney
Adam Taussik
Lighting Operator
Paul Duell & Zoe Harris
Sound Operator
Tom Foyle
Set Construction
John Hamon, Peter Hill, Ken Hann, Graham Buchanan, Steve Russell, Adam Taussik, David Knox‑Johnson
FOH Manager
Meri Mackney
Parking Manager
Brian Stansbridge
Technical Installation Manager
Jamie McCarthy
Stage Crew
Robert Osborne, Jonathan Shepherd, Jo Fox, Katie Knight
Technical Crew
Nick Lawther, Martyn Welch, Bob Gibson, Tony Lawther

Ticket Information


Wednesday 19 July 7.30pm: All Tickets £12 (no concessions)

Thursday 20 - Saturday 22 July 7.30pm: £15

Sunday 23 July Matinée 3.00pm: £15

No Performance on Monday 24 July

Tuesday 25 - Saturday 29 July 7.30pm: £15

Children: £12 (ages 12 and under)

Family Ticket: £45 (2 adults & 2 children age 12 and under)

10% discount off full price tickets for groups of 10 or more



Patrons are welcome to picnic in the beautiful gardens of Hamptworth Lodge from 6.00pm (1.30pm on Sunday 23 July). You are advised to bring low back chairs, rugs etc., as NO SEATING IS PROVIDED. We suggest you also bring jumpers or coats, as it can get cold even on the warmest of evenings.

Any decision to cancel a performance due to bad weather will not be taken until the performance start time; patrons may then be offered a ticket for another night. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.

Hamptworth Lodge is a private home not generally open to the public and there is no public access prior to the performance dates. Ample free parking and toilet facilities will be provided with provision for disabled patrons. There is a short walk of approx. 100 metres to the performance area. Hot and cold drinks and snacks will be available to buy. No unaccompanied children under 16. No dogs (except guide dogs). Note: We are not licensed to sell alcohol on site, but patrons are welcome to bring their own.

Poster, Flyer & Programme

For the Maskers

Technical Manager:- Jamie McCarthy; Marketing Director:- Ruth Kibble; Marketing Team:- Sarah Russell, Angela Stansbridge, James Norton, Clive Weeks, Robert Osborne, Meri Mackney; Front of House Manager:- Chris Baker; Box Office Manager:- Chris Baker; Photography:- Clive Weeks; Bar Manager:- Meri Mackney
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Jonathan & Paul

Ruben, Marie & Jonathan

David, Jonathan, Jez & Adam

with James as Inspector Fix

Vehicle and location on signs

Passepartout reacts

The Elephant!

David, Suze, and Hazel in front of the Pyre

Captain von Darius and parrot

At the circus

On the train

The sledge

A sudden squal

A wedding!

He made it!

Cast & Crew


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