Thursday, 19 June 2014

Around the World in 80 Days at Royal Exchange

A Royal Exchange Theatre and New Vic Theatre,
Newcastle under Lyme co-production  

By Laura Eason
Adapted from the novel by Jules Verne
Directed by Theresa Heskins  
The Royal Exchange Theatre
St Ann’s Square, Manchester
Thursday 17 July – Saturday 16 August, 2014   
AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS is kindly supported by Manchester Airport.  

PRESS NIGHT: Tuesday 22 July 7.30pm

AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYSJules Verne’s epic tale of Victorian eccentricity, romance and adventure – bursts on to the stage of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre from Thursday 17 July to Saturday 16 August.   

Adapted from the original novel by Laura Eason, the show is an incredible tale of adventure to be enjoyed by all the family.   

A cast of eight transports the audience around the world, playing over a hundred characters and creating 33 rapid-fire scenes in a thrillingly imaginative physical theatre style.   

The story races its way across the globe, taking in continents, intrigue, love and even an elephant – all in the name of a bet. The eccentric Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just eighty days with his hapless valet Passepartout.  

The show is the first collaboration between the Royal Exchange and the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyne - both theatres-in-the-round. The production is kindly supported by Manchester Airport (see Notes for Editors).

It was originally seen at the New Vic last year where it played to packed houses and critical acclaim. The same creative team are re-staging it again at the New Vic from Friday 20 June to Saturday 5 July before bringing it to the Exchange.


Andrew Pollard and Michael Hugo are set to reprise their roles as Phileas Fogg and Passepartout and the cast also includes Pushpinder Chani, Okorie Chukwu, Rebecca Grant, Susan Hingley, Dennis Herdman and Matthew Rixon.


The production is directed by New Vic Artistic Director Theresa Heskins, who said:
'It feels momentous, to be directing this first meeting between two distinctive theatres in-the-round. I hope that our very physical, low-on-tech, high-on-ingenuity house style will be well received on its first ever trip away from home, and that this will be the start of a beautiful friendship.'


The creative team is completed by Lis Evans (designer), James Atherton (composer), Beverly Edmunds (movement director), Alexandra Stafford (lighting) and James Earls-Davis (sound).

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