Presented by Lung Ha Theatre Company
“A gentleman never jokes about wagers. I’ll bet you twenty thousand pounds that I can travel around the world in 80 days, with my passport stamped as proof”
When Phileas Fogg, and his faithful servant Passepartout, board the train in London in 1875, he has only 80 days to travel round the world to win the wager between him and his friends at The Great Reform Club. A grand adventure lies ahead, using conventional and, more often, unconventional travel arrangements; his journey will include romance, danger and surprises with the redoubtable Scotland Yard pursuing him at every turn.
How to do the impossible? How to tell the story of a voyage around the would with only four chairs and with seven actors playing more than 40 roles? That’s the question I asked myself many years ago when I worked as a director at a small theatre in Helsinki. The result was a play based on Jules Verne’s classical novel. It was a success at the small theatre, running for many years, and has since been produced in many countries. And now Lung Ha is doing it with their very special ensemble. Even more impossible. Very exciting!
Platform – The Bridge, Glasgow: 31 March – 01 April 2011
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh: 06 – 07 April 2011