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Around the World in 80 Days

Jules Verne, adapted by Laura Eason
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This is the revised edition published in May 2019. This title may also be purchased in the following bundle at 20% off the regular price: 19TH CENTURY BRITISH NOVELS


Jules Verne's classic adventure tale is reimagined for the stage in this enchanting adaptation.

Production Info

Cast: 8 total (2 female, 6 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes
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“Pure, unadulterated magic … utterly beguiling … a high-spirited, imagination-filled escapade … Laura Eason’s exceptionally graceful adaptation of the Jules Verne classic … manages to be both wise and fun-filled … it lays its bets on enchantment and invariably comes up a winner … a show that should sail the world. Highly recommended.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“Light, cheerful and greatly entertaining … laudably committed to its theatricality … Eason’s staging is full of the visual imagination … It’s all a great deal of fun.” —Chicago Tribune

“An engaging, family-friendly show. Highly recommended.” —The Chicago Reader

“Eason’s affable adaptation plays up elements of Verne’s novel that are sometimes forgotten … Eason moves stylishly from set piece to set piece, from the cuckoo-clock orchestration of Fogg’s London life to teacups sliding across a shipboard table.” —Time Out Chicago

“A rollicking trek … Phileas Fogg, the imperturbable hero of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, has returned to New York … Never journeyed with Fogg? Allow me. He is a London bachelor of independent means so regular in his habits that he fires a manservant for serving him a cup of tea at the wrong temperature. One day, at his club, Fogg wagers 20,000 pounds that a man can now make it around the world in 80 days and sets off that same night, with his new valet Passepartout, a former tightrope walker, in baffled tow. Traveling by train, boat and sledge, rescuing a plucky Indian widow along the way, he treats time zones like his own personal hopscotch court … How exhilarating it must have been, in an era before discount cruises and air travel, when most readers would count themselves lucky to journey a town or two away. How thrilling is it now? Still pretty thrilling.” —Alexis Soloski, The New York Times

About the Author


  • Laura Eason

    Laura Eason is the author of twenty plays, original work and adaptation, a musical book writer, and screenwriter. Selected productions of full-length plays include SEX WITH STRANGERS (Second Stage Theatre, NYC; Signature Theatre, DC; Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago; Sydney Theatre Company, AU; published by Overlook Press); THE UNDENIABLE SOUND OF RIGHT NOW (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and Women's Project Theater, NYC; Rising Phoenix Rep, NYC); THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (Hartford Stage, CT; New Victory Theater, NYC; People's Light & Theatre Company, PA; Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY; The Kansas City Repertory Theatre; The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Denver Center; published by DPS), and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (New Vic and Royal Exchange, UK; Lookingglass Theatre Company; Baltimore Center Stage; published by Broadway Play Publishing). Produced short plays include: MR. SMITTEN (Humana Festival), CITI MOMS (Women's Project Theater, NYC), USA-001A (American Theater Company, Chicago), JACK AND THE COLLECTION (WET, NYC), LOST BOY IN THE RUINED CITY (Theatre Seven, Chicago), IT WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTED (City Theatre, Miami), and LOST IN THE SUPERMARKET (Vital Theatre Company, NYC), among others. She wrote the book for the musicals DAYS LIKE TODAY, music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler (Writers Theatre, Chicago) and SUMMERLAND, music by Jenny Giering, lyrics by Sean Barry (Chicago Shakespeare Theater commission). Additional plays include: THE VAST IN-BETWEEN (Denver Center commission, also developed by Vineyard Theatre, NYC), REMARKABLE INVISIBLE (Ambassador Theatre Group commission), EVERY REASON TO HOPE AND BELIEVE (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis commission), 40 DAYS (NEA grant, developed by New York Theatre Workshop), PLAINFIELD ACE (developed by Two River Theater, NJ and Atlantic Theater Company, NYC) and an adaptation of HANS BRINKER AND THE SILVER SKATES (Arden Theatre Company commission), among others. As a screenwriter, Laura wrote on season two and three of the Emmy-winning Netflix show House of Cards. She is an Ensemble Member and former Artistic Director of Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre (2011 Regional Tony Award). In New York, she is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep, New Georges, and a Women's Project Playwright's Lab alumna.

  • Jules Verne

    Jules Gabriel Verne (1828 – 1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 5/1/2008
Pages 78
ISBN 9780881458206

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by Lookingglass Theater, Chicago

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Around the World in 80 Days is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


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