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Around The World in 80 Days headed for London's O2 Arena

Story by Jack Foley

A NEW production of Jules Verne’s Around The World in 80 Days is to open at London’s O2 Arena next summer (2014).

To be directed by former Olivier Award nominee Sean Foley, the production will run in the capital for 11 weeks and promises to offer audiences an immersive experience.

The show will be set within its own purpose-built pavilion, featuring a 360-degree dome the size of 10 Imax screens, and will feature a hot air balloon flying over the audience and a 20-foot high steam-powered elephant.

The pavilion will be created by the same team that produced Chichester Festival Theatre’s temporary tent this summer during its renovation.

The story will follow eccentric Englishman Phileas Fogg and his trusty servant Passepartout as they race by boat, train, hot air balloon and elephant around the globe in 80 days.

No cast has yet been announced.

Foley is currently riding high in London’s West End with his critically-acclaimed adaptation of Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense starring Stephen Mangan and Matthew Macfadyen.

He has previously directed the West End hit The Ladykillers and will also direct I Can’t Sing!, the musical based on The X Factor, at the London Palladium in March.