Monday, 18 July 2011

Around the World in 80 Days!

Around the World in 80 Days –
Jenny Wren Productions at Berkeley Castle

“I shall bet twenty thousand pounds... that I will make the tour of the world in eighty days or less.  That is in nineteen hundred and twenty hours, or one hundred and fifteen thousand, two hundred minutes.”

It is 1872 and the punctual and particular Phileas Fogg wagers that he can circle the globe in just 80 days!  With his fortune on the line, Fogg and his faithful manservant Passepartout use rail, steamer and elephant as they race against the clock with the hopeless Detective Fix hot on their heels.  Typhoons, runaway trains and a terrifying Apache tribe are among the trials and tribulations they encounter, as they travel to exotic and far-flung corners of the globe – Suez, Singapore and San Francisco to name but a few. 

This delightful adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel by award-winning American playwright Mark Brown, is a good old-fashioned, fun-packed, fast-paced, family-friendly romp.  Five actors use lightning quick costume changes to play all 39 characters in a madcap comedy that’s been described as “Monty Python meets Jules Verne.”

The company, Jenny Wren Productions have been responsible for many previous outdoor hits, including The Three Musketeers and A Child in the Forest and are regulars at the Everyman Studio Theatre, Cheltenham. Said director Jenny Wicks: 
“It’s a really fun, fast show with lots of physical comedy.  The actors have been working really hard, developing all the different characters.  Two of the cast play at least 15 parts each!  There will be lots of quick changes and lots of laughs.”

The performance of Around the World in 80 Days by Jenny Wren Productions takes place on Sunday 24th July and starts at 7.30pm, with the grounds open from 6.30pm. Bring a picnic, a seat and a jumper. This annual event always proves to be very popular – whatever the weather! Performed on the Lower Lawn adjacent to the Lily Pond, but if the weather is wet, the performance will take place in the Great Hall. All ages welcome!

Sunday 24th July, 2011
Berkeley Castle
Performance: 7.30pm – grounds open from 6.30pm for picnics
Box Office: 01453 512992 or 01453 810332
Tickets: £12 (£8 concs) Family ticket £30 (2 adults, 2 children)
Performance in Great Hall if wet.

For more information and to request interviews and review tickets, call Francesca Goddard and Jackie McKenzie at The Everyman Theatre on 01242 236700 or email or

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