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Around the World in 80 Days at The New Victory Theater
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Around the World in 80 Days at The New Victory Theater
The New 42nd Street Presents at The New Victory Theater
Kenny Wax Family Entertainment and Simon Friend present The New Vic Theatre Staffordshire production in association with The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester
Jules Verne’s

Around the World in 80 Days
Adapted by House of Cards Alum Laura Eason

U.S. Premiere, May 10 - 19, 2019

New York, NY (March 29, 2019) -- From New Vic Theatre Staffordshire to The New Victory Theater in New York comes Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, adapted by Emmy-nominated Laura Eason, whose film/TV credits include The Loudest Voice, House of Cards, Here and Now and whose stage credits include Sex with Strangers and The Undeniable Sound of Right Now. Directed by Theresa Heskins (Snow Queen, 2017 UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People) and produced by Olivier Award winners Kenny Wax (The Play That Goes Wrong, Once On This Island, Top Hat) and Simon Friend (Douglas Carter Beane’s The Closet, Florian Zeller’s The Height of the Storm), this fast-paced, globe-trotting theatrical romp is jam-packed with slapstick hilarity, six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant! Around the World in 80 Days sails into The New Victory Theater for its U.S. Premiere from May 10 - 19, 2019.

With a fortune at stake, Phileas Fogg and his silly sidekick, Passepartout, must abandon the misty streets of Victorian London and circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days or lose everything. With “Thrills, spills and laughs in this quick, witty and intelligent trip around the globe” (The Oxford Times), a hugely talented cast of eight actors play over 125 characters who race across Asia on the back of an elephant, speed by steamer ship over the stormy Pacific and ride the railroad through the American Wild West.

Around the World in 80 Days first premiered at the New Vic Theatre Staffordshire in 2013,  followed by a successful season at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, in 2014. Nominated for the UK Theatre Awards’ “Best New Production,” the cast reunited to tour the UK in 2017. The New Victory engagement marks the show’s American debut.

The U.S. Premiere of this production of Around the World in 80 Days features Andrew Pollard as Phileas Fogg, Kirsten Foster as Mrs. Aouda, Michael Hugo as Passepartout, Dennis Herdman as Inspector Fix, Matthew Ganley as Colonel Proctor, Nyron Levy as Captain Speedy, Joey Parsad as Miss Singh and Pushpinder Chani as Mr. Naidu. Stefan Ruiz is the Assistant Stage Manager and understudy, Emma Eldridge-Doyle is the Company Stage Manager and Max Blackman is the Tech ASM / Relighter. Directed by Theresa Heskins, assistant direction by Eleanor Clare Taylor, adapted by Laura Eason, designed by Lis Evans, music composed by James Atherton, movement direction by Beverley Edmunds, lighting design by Alexandra Stafford, sound design by James Earls-Davis, associate sound design by Alex Day, casting by Anji Carroll CDG and vocal coaching by Mark Langley.

Learn more about Around the World in 80 Days at

Public Performance Schedule:
Friday, May 10 at 7pm
Saturday, May 11 at 1pm / 7pm
Sunday, May 12 at 12pm / 5pm
Friday, May 17 at 7pm
Saturday, May 18 at 1pm / 7pm*
Sunday, May 19 12pm / 5pm**

*sign-interpreted performance**audio-described performance

Around the World in 80 Days has a running time of 2 hours including one intermission, and is recommended for ages 7 and up.

Ticket Information
Full-price tickets for Around the World in 80 Days start at $17. Tickets are available online ( and by phone (646.223.3010).

To purchase tickets in person, the New Victory box office is located at 209 West 42nd Street (between 7th / 8th Avenues). Box office hours are Sunday & Monday from 11am-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm.

New Vic Theatre Staffordshire, under Artistic Director Theresa Heskins, produces eight major productions a year and presents a varied and adventurous program that includes contemporary drama, new commissions, innovative adaptations and accessible classics. The first purpose-built theater-in-the-round in Europe, New Vic Staffordshire makes vital contributions to its community through its education department and ground-breaking New Vic Borderlines outreach team. Recent collaborations include projects with Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Council. The New Vic also leads Appetite, part of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places program. The New Vic is funded by Arts Council England, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Kenny Wax Family Entertainment is renowned for producing some of the best family theater both in the West End and on tour, throughout the UK and worldwide. Productions include: What the Ladybird Heard, Around the World in 80 Days and the stage adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather, which was Olivier Award nominated for “Best Family Entertainment.” They have also had great success with We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Mr. Popper’s Penguins. General management includes: Tall Stories’ The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and the Olivier Award nominated Room on the Broom. Kenny produced the multi-award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, currently in the West End, on a US tour and soon to open at New World Theatres in New York. Peter Pan Goes Wrong played the West End twice and is now touring Australia. The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is in its third year at the Criterion Theatre and on a UK tour, while Mischief Movie Night gained Mischief Theatre their fourth consecutive Olivier nomination. The world premiere of Top Hat won three Olivier Awards including ‘Best New Musical,’ with 1995's Once on This Island winning the same award. Last year, the new British musical SIX completed a sold-out UK tour and returned to the West End in January for an open-ended run at the Arts Theatre. Kenny has been the President of the Society of London Theatre since June 2017.

Simon Friend Entertainment Ltd is an independent theater producer and general manager. His productions have won Olivier, TMA and Critics’ Circle awards. Simon was formerly Producer for Theatre Royal Bath. Select current and recent productions: The Girl on the Train based on the book by Paula Hawkins (adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel); Life of Pi by Lolita Chakrabarti (Shelffield Crucible Theatre); The Grinch (Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason), Million Dollar Quartet (Royal Festival Hall & UK Tour), The Philanthropist (Trafalgar Studios), The Graduate (UK Tour), The Wipers Times (Arts Theatre & UK Tour); The Father by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton (Wyndham’s Theatre & Duke of York’s Theatre), Bad Jews (Arts Theatre); Speed- the-Plow (Playhouse Theatre); Relative Values (Harold Pinter Theatre); Fences (Duchess Theatre).

The New Victory Theater brings kids to the arts and the arts to kids. Created in 1995 on iconic 42nd Street, this nonprofit theater has become a standard-bearer of quality performing arts for young audiences in the United States. Reflecting and serving the multicultural city it calls home, The New Victory is committed to arts access for all students, teachers, kids, families and communities of New York to experience and engage with the exemplary international programming of theater, dance, circus, music, puppetry and opera on its stages. A leader in arts education, youth employment and audience engagement, The New Victory Theater has been honored by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, by Americans for the Arts with a national Arts Education Award, and by the Drama Desk for "providing enchanting, sophisticated children's theater that appeals to the child in all of us, and for nurturing a love of theater in young people."

About The New 42nd Street
Founded in 1990, The New 42nd Street is an independent nonprofit organization charged with the continuous cultural revival of 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, building on the foundation of seven historic theaters to make extraordinary performing arts and cultural engagement part of everyone’s life. The New 42nd Street fulfills this purpose by ensuring the ongoing vibrancy of 42nd Street’s historic theaters; supporting performing artists in the creation of their work at the New 42nd Street Studios and The Duke on 42nd Street; creating arts access and education at The New Victory Theater, New York’s premier theater for kids and families; and through the New 42nd Street Youth Corps, its model youth development initiative, which pairs life skills workshops and mentorship with paid employment in the arts for NYC youth. Inspired by the city it serves, The New 42nd Street is committed to the transformational power of the arts.

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Keywords: theater, kids, performing arts

Posted: May 16, 2019
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