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‘Rollicking good fun’

The Observer on Around The World In 80 Days

New Vic On Tour

We know that we make theatre in a place where creative talent and excellence thrive. As well as sharing our work, made here in Staffordshire, with local audiences, we also take our work out across the country, to share with audiences far and wide.

In July, we embarked on a major national tour, taking our much-loved production of Around The World In 80 Days on a six-month journey across the UK in partnership with producers Kenny Wax Family Entertainment and Simon Friend, and in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.


 Around The World In 80 Days

Touring until 20 January 2018

Audiences and critics alike have been enjoying our production of Around The World In 80 Days as it journeys across the UK. Here are just some of the fantastic things that people have said so far:

“Andrew Pollard is a splendidly poker-backed Fogg”  The Sunday Express

“A global tour de force”  The Daily Mail

“Rollicking good fun”   The Observer

“Theatrical magic”  The Stage

“Pure bolshie bravado & oodles of charm”  WhatsOnStage

“This show ought to be bottled as tonic elixir…Regional theatre at its best”
British Theatre Guide

“Cheeky & charming…the rest of the country is in for a real treat”  Broadway World

“The epitome of family entertainment”   London Theatre

“A feast for the eyes, ears and brain…I left with a big smile on my face, and a standing ovation doesn’t lie. I’d go see this again”  West End Wilma

“That rare beast, a truly funny family comedy. Joyously inventive – you’ll come out wanting to go again” Stage Talk UK

“Make this show top of your list of things to see in London this summer” Theatre Bubble

“The show was truly out of this world and is not to be missed.” Eastern Daily Press

“What a tonic this madcap comedy is for a chilly January evening. It is slick, fast moving, and very, very clever.” Lynn News

“AMAZING. One of the funniest, cleverest shows I have seen.” Big Family Little Adventures Blog

“The only interruptions to the pace of the show came when the audience are collapsed in laughter or applause…This is a magical show that all your family can enjoy together.”  Norwich Eye

“Extremely clever. The humour manages to cross the age divides, my son laughed from start to finish and loved it.”
Fairy Powered Productions

“Fast-paced, clever and incredibly inventive…AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS is sure to leave a smile on your face. An ensemble piece of imaginative theatre suitable for all the family.”  Frankly My Dear UK

“A joyous and excellently developed show which hit its audience firmly and squarely on the head with great aplomb.” Manchester Salon

“A fun-filled round the world trip without leaving Salford! I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you see one performance this festive season, I’d make it this one!” Mini Travellers

“The strong cast work like a well oiled machine, switching seamlessly between not only characters but countries too.” Opening Night

“This show gives the audience a whirlwind tour of the world, which is both educative and entertaining. There is something for all ages to enjoy in this production.”  Reviews Hub

“Forget laugh a minute, this is laugh a second. Spectacularly slapstick and endlessly entertaining, if you’re looking for festive fun suitable for all the family you definitely won’t be disappointed.”  North West End

“This adaptation has the audience leaving with smiles on their face.” Mancunian Matters

“Fast-moving and contemporary. Warmly funny It is a pleasure to welcome it back.”  Manchester Theatre Awards

“The beaming glows from the audience perfectly mirrored on stage”  Behind The Arras

“The cast were outstanding, I promise you, this show will not disappoint.” Student Ambassador, Derby Theatre News

“A joyful, imaginative production that buzzes with creative energy. This inventive adaptation was a lot more fun than any sleek cinema adaptation could hope to be”  Essential Surrey

“This is a fabulously funny show and I think most ages would love it. It’s full of fun and mischief and I guarantee you’ll leave with a smile on your face.” Muddy Stilettos

“Funny, fast-paced adventure. I would highly recommend getting yourself a ticket.”  Guildford Dragon

“Epic adventure”  Liverpool Echo

“A truly electrifying ensemble piece. The imagination floodgates are opened and there is never a dull moment”  Wirral Globe

“It is 150 minutes of pure childlike entertainment that I encourage you to see, definitely one that all the family could enjoy”  North West End

“The whole cast work together like a well-oiled machine, seamlessly transporting us from one continent to another”  Good News Liverpool

“This is hugely enjoyable and creative theatre for lovers of good storytelling” Arts City Liverpool

“An evening of pure entertainment, this production is funny and wonderfully performed by an incredible cast”  Liverpool Arts Scene

“The cast amazingly move energetically from character to character, country to country and one mode of transport to another. There was plenty of laughter…good fun!” Elementary What’s On

“An enormously fun and endlessly ingenious production”  Chris High Reviews

“I am struck with wonder. This ongoing tour is your chance to experience one of the finest productions I have ever seen. Breath-taking in both its invention and execution, uplifting and life-affirming, this is a superlative piece of theatre.” Bum On A Seat Blog

“A real classic, and presented with ingenuity and invention—a show for old and young alike to enjoy.” British Theatre Guide

“Around The World In 80 Days is as deeply entertaining as it is refreshing, and it comes to prove that you don’t need to travel far to witness a great  theatrical production.”  This Is Our Town Kingston

“This play is absolutely brilliant. A fantastic way to spend an evening and a fantastic performance. I would highly recommend to go and see.”

“An absolute joy. This production has everything, including a splendid elephant, and is a delight.”  Remote Goat

“Earnest, fun and bristling with life. A delight to behold.” Razz Magazine

“A beautiful production…I was hooked from the word go!”  Fairypoweredproductions

“Around the World in 80 Days soars to the top flight of my all-time favourite stage productions — a truly ingenious show suitable for all.” Rotherham Advertiser

“An utter delight delight from start to finish. It’s hard not to fall under the spell of this gem of a production so cleverly done.”  North West End

“As hectic and exhilarating as an 80 day jaunt across the globe should be, Theresa Heskins’s take on the classic Jules Verne story is a fast-paced bag of intercontinental fun.”  Exposed Magazine

“Praise to director Theresa Heskins and all of the cast and creative team for a thrilling and innovative play.”
Salisbury Journal

“This was stage craft at its very best. Prepare to go on a journey that will see you laughing your way around the world and leave you wanting more” 
 Get The Chance Wales

“Entertaining and imaginatively staged” Rhibiwna

“Everything a family show should be – funny without being silly, clever without being patronising and packed with action” Oxford Times

“A genuinely faultless production” The Sentinel

“Everybody wants to see this show…and now they can – outright entertainment, sparkling invention and  breathless, high-action storytelling” Staffordshire What’s On

“The sheer genius of this production is mesmerising and is without doubt an experience that every lover of the theatre needs to have at least once…or maybe twice” At The Theatre

“High-octane comic entertainment” Express & Star




Tour dates:

2 Aug – 2 Sep London Cadogan Hall
12 – 16 Sep Plymouth Theatre Royal
19 – 24 Sep Cardiff New Theatre
26 – 30 Sep Sheffield Lyceum Theatre
2 – 7 Oct Salisbury Playhouse 
10 – 15 Oct Exeter Northcott Theatre
17 – 22 Oct Kingston Rose Theatre
24 – 26 Oct Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
27 – 28 Oct Liverpool Playhouse Coming Soon
31 Oct – 4 Nov Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Coming Soon
7 – 12 Nov Derby Theatre
14 – 18 Nov Cambridge Arts Theatre Coming Soon
29 Nov – 3 Dec North Finchley Arts Depot
5 Dec – 7 Jan Salford Quays The Lowry


New Vic Theatre production in partnership with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment and Simon Friend and in association with Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

By Jules Verne
Adapted by Laura Eason
Directed by Theresa Heskins

109 characters, eight actors, six trains, six boats, four fights, two dances, one storm, a circus act and an elephant take centre stage once again in our much-loved escapade, Around The World In 80 Days!

The mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Join him and his loyal valet Passepartout, as they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London, across the subcontinent and on to the Wild West in a race against the clock.

Seen Around The World In 80 Days at the New Vic? Catch it while you can on tour! Visit for full tour details.


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