Jules Verne heading north

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Around The World In Eighty Days – Jules Verne’s epic tale of Victorian eccentricity, romance and adventure – spins on to the stage of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre from next Thursday through to August 16.

Adapted from the original novel by Laura Eason, the show sees a cast of eight transport the audience around the world, playing more than 100 characters in 33 rapid-fire scenes in an imaginative physical theatre style.

The eccentric Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days with his hapless valet Passepartout.

The show is the first collaboration between the Exchange and the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyne – both theatres-in-the-round. It was originally seen at the New Vic last year where it played to packed houses and critical acclaim.

The same creative team are currently re-staging it at the New Vic before bringing it to the Exchange.

It’s 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.”

Box Office: 0161 833 9833 or www.royalexchange.co.uk