This time last year, Trevor Fox was on stage in one of the West End’s most popular shows, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, when part of the Apollo Theatre’s ceiling collapsed.
A touring production of that play is due to come to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal in January, while the West End show has transferred across the road to the Gielgud Theatre.
But Trevor, mercifully unhurt along with everyone else in the cast, has moved on. He is in the Far East, playing Bottom, one of Shakespeare’s most memorable comic characters, in the Globe Theatre’s tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The actor, from Wallsend, finds time for a chat before flying to Singapore to complete the tour and confirms that, yes, this is a departure in several senses.
“Yeah, it’s completely different to doing Live Theatre (the Newcastle venue where he cut his teeth as an actor and has since returned many times) or London’s West End.
“It has been the most incredible experience and as far away from touring the North East of England in a Transit van as you can get.”
The tour has taken Trevor to China and Taiwan, as well as Russia, and there is more to come.
“It has been brilliant,” he says. “We started in Shanghai, then we went to Guangzhou and Hangzhou (in China) and then to Taipei and Kaohsiung in Taiwan.
“Then we did four cities in Russia – Ekaterinburg, Pskov, St Petersburg and Moscow.
“We’ve just had a week off and tomorrow we fly to Singapore and play there, then Hong Kong and finally Beijing
“It (the tour) finishes at the beginning of December.”
Trevor, who also previously performed in Billy Elliot, the musical, admits he was apprehensive ahead of the tour.
“Obviously, we started in the Globe Theatre in London and I didn’t know what the response was going to be (in the Far East and Russia).
“I wasn’t sure if people would get it, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
“It’s all translated, so it takes a little time for audiences to sort of tune in, particularly in Russia, but by the second half, they’re all laughing and know all the jokes.”
Trevor will be hoping the theatres he encounters are stronger than London’s Apollo as he says they are “absolutely enormous”.
So no experience quite so surreal as a collapsing ceiling this time? “Well,” he says, “we did have lunch at the British ambassador’s house in Russia.
“His house overlooks Red Square so we were all taking loads of pictures and selfies from the balcony.”
The Russian leg of the tour took Trevor 8,000 miles away from his familiar Tyneside, but he wasn’t too fazed.
“I must say Ekaterinburg was a bit like Wallsend, so I felt at home.”
The Globe Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream ends on November 30 in Beijing, while The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, with its new cast, comes to the Theatre Royal from January 27 to February 7, and also to the Sunderland Empire later in the year.