Hudson Village Theatre’s (HVT’s) third production of the summer, playing August 9 to 27, is Around the World in 80 Days, based on Jules Verne’s acclaimed 1873 classic adventure. Reimagined as family entertainment, with only three actors portraying a panoply of international characters, the Monty Python-esque send-up is a co-production with Theatre Lac-Brome in association with Geordie Productions. Three outstanding Montreal performers, Danielle Desormeaux, Mike Hughes, and Chimwemwe Miller, bring the unpredictable journey to vivid life under the direction of Mike Payette in his HVT debut.
“an exceptionally witty adventure”
– Lyn Gardner, The Guardian (UK)
Around the World in 80 Days is a mad-cap race against time as the fearless Phileas Fogg and his faithful valet, Passepartout, attempt to win a £20,000 bet by circumnavigating the globe in just 80 days. Suspecting Fogg of bank robbery, Detective Fix of Scotland Yard is in hot pursuit as the odd couple traverse the planet by train, steamer, and a few less conventional modes of travel, encountering a parade characters, from exotic princesses to shady operators along the way. Playwright Toby Hulse has moulded Verne’s novel into a family-friendly jaunt using a contemporary lens to squeeze high-camp hilarity out of Victorian colonial attitudes. It’s a thrilling ride right up to the last-second coup–de–théâtre ending.
“a fast-paced, irresistible round-the-world romp, packed full of mayhem and melodrama and guaranteed to raise a smile”
– Allison Vale, British Theatre Guide
“The ‘magic of theatre’ is at the core of this fun and fast-paced show packed with a comedic mix of danger, romance, and a celebration of humanity’s perseverance against all odds,” said director Mike Payette. “It’s incredibly rewarding to have a script that invites us to interpret a story, renowned for decades, with a fresh contemporary lens. The cast is excellent, contributing their multi-faceted expertise to the heart of the production, transforming people, time and space before our eyes, illustrating that anything imagined can be believable. I look forward to sharing this new telling of an iconic story for audiences to experience first-hand the power of theatre, imagination, and possibility.”
“a merrily entertaining trip for all on board.”
– Metro, UK
Danielle Desormeaux, last seen in HTV’s 2010 production of Wake of the Bones, is Master Fogg’s trusted servant, Passepartout, as well as a roster of fellow travellers. Mike Hughes, who was in the 2015 Theatre Lac-Brome/HVT co-production of The 39 Steps, once again makes phenomenal use of his Le Coq clown training as Detective Fix, among others roles, and Montreal musician and actor, Chimwemwe Miller comes to HVT for the first time as the well-groomed and always proper Phileas Fogg.
“A cast of three actors, all delivering lines with spot-on humor, make the classic tale of Around the World in 80 Days a must see.”
– Hackney Gazette, UK
Both Sabrina Miller (set and costumes) and Sarah Osmond (props) recreate the Victorian age of mechanized industrialization with imaginative whimsy and flare. Sound Designer, Rob Denton, bolsters the illusion through music and sound effects reminiscent of the ornate music boxes and modern time-keeping devices of the era, while Lighting Designer, Michel Charbonneau, illuminates the Far East, dockside dives, gentleman’s clubs, and countless other destinations along Fogg’s whirlwind escapade. Mike Sinnott is the Technical Director/Production Manager with Mélanie Ermel stage managing, assisted by Stephen Alarie.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
August 9 to 27, 2017
Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf Road, J0P 1H0
TICKETS & SHOWTIMES
$39.94 including tax & service charges
2pm matinées (Wed., Thurs., Sat., & Sun.)
8pm evenings (Wed., Thurs., Fri., & Sat.)
Group rates available (contact the HVT Box Office)