Lucy Bailey directs a new stage production of Jules Verne’s classic novel, Around the World in 80 Days for the St. James Theatre this Christmas.
The theatre is just a stone’s throw from the Reform Club on Pall Mall where Phileas Fogg’s adventure begins.
In an adaptation by playwright Laura Eason, a writer on hit Netflix series House of Cards, the production will run for eight weeks from November 26.
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 100 characters in this high-spirited, imagination-filled escapade for all the family.
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.”
Bailey’s recent credits include acclaimed productions of Turgenev’s Fortune’s Fool at the Old Vic and Titus Andronicus at the Globe Theatre.
Around The World In 80 Days runs at the St James Theatre, London, from November 26-January 16.