A fresh adaptation of the Jules Verne classic story Around the World in 80 Days will tour to three outdoor venues in York and end the tour on stage at the Theatre Royal between 6 and 21 August.
The adaptation is by the theatre’s Creative Director Juliet Forster, who directed the Travelling Pantomime and Love Bites, the love letter to live performance that re-opened the theatre after Covid restrictions eased on May 17.
Juliet said: “As one of the characters in the play says: ‘If you can’t travel to exciting parts of the globe this summer, don’t despair – we are here to bring the world to you!’ That is the spirit of this production really.
“Many of us are feeling disappointed that there are still a lot of restrictions around travelling this summer, so this show is the perfect opportunity for some armchair tourism – or rather, picnic blanket tourism.
“Jules Verne’s story is a lot of fun as the characters race against time to complete a full circuit of the earth, and in this version, fact and fiction also go head to head as real-life investigative journalist Nellie Bly, puts in an appearance. It’s going to be a joyful, very energetic, very silly and highly acrobatic re-telling of the story, delivering the kind of experience that live theatre does best.”
Around the World in 80 Days will be designed by Sara Perks, whose previous work at York includes Everything Is Possible: The York Suffragettes and Brideshead Revisited.
The production will be staged outdoors on playing fields at Carr Junior School (6-8 August), Archbishop Holgate School (14-16 Aug) and Joseph Rowntree School (18-21 Aug), and then indoors at York Theatre Royal from 25-28 Aug. A fourth outdoor venue will be confirmed soon.