This April, Leeds Playhouse is whisking audiences on a fun-filled, globetrotting adventure in a stage adaptation of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days.
It’s a bit of a switch up from Leeds Playhouse’s most recent production of Hamlet, as 19th century character Phileas Fogg embarks upon an exciting journey across four continents. Of course, this comes with plenty of mayhem and laughs along the way!
This production is being directed by Leeds Playhouse’s Director of Creative Engagement Alex Ferris. It’ll be interesting to see the work of a new Director being performed in the Pop-Up space. I’m a huge fan of Amy Leach and James Brining, but it will be interesting to see a play with fresh direction. The show will also feature new original music from Dom Coyote. Those who saw The Tin Drum at Leeds Playhouse will recognise his work. I love live music, and particularly the way Leeds Playhouse weaves clever live music into its productions.
Around the World in 80 Days will feature four of Leeds Playhouse’s Ensemble company: Robert Pickavance (A Christmas Carol), Dan Parr (Romeo & Juliet), Joe Alessi (Hamlet) and Darren Kuppan (A Christmas Carol). They’re a really talented bunch so I’m sure it will be a great show.
The production will tour to eight community partner areas around Leeds, which is a fantastic opportunity for people in the region to experience live theatre.
Leeds Playhouse Director of Creative Engagement Alex Ferris said “I’m intensely excited about directing Toby Hulse’s irreverent version of this classic adventure story. For me, theatre is at its best when the audience is acknowledged and get to play and share in the story on stage. We want everyone to join us on this ambitious and slightly crazy mission to tell this epic story that passes through over 10 different countries, meeting over 30 different characters, featuring daring rescues from the jaws of death, high speed chases, displays of cunning and classic British grit, and a fair share of costume changes with just our 4 actors and a handful of props.”
Around the World in 80 Days comes to Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up theatre, in association with SOYO Leeds, from 9 – 28 April.