IRT Opens Around the World in 80 Days

Adventure is on tap at the Indiana Repertory Theatre this month. The IRT presents Jules Verne’s classic adventure tale Around the World in 80 Days April 27 to May 6, 2010 on their main stage. As the last show of their 2009-2010 season, Around the World in 80 Daysoffers a global experience from the perspective of a nineteenth century gentleman from London. Tickets to this Indianapolis theatre event range from $29.00 to $49.00, depending on seating and ticket date and time. Don’t miss this raucous tale of travel, as the IRT takes audiences around the world.

Around the World in 80 Days was written by French author Jules Verne and first published in 1873. It tells the story of the daring Phineas Fogg of London, and his newly employed French valet Passepartout, as they attempt to circumnavigate the world in only 80 days. Their journey begins with a simple new article, telling of a railway section in India that makes it possible to travel completely around the globe in only 80 days. As Fogg discusses the prospect with his fellow members of the Reform Club, a wager is made. Fogg will receive £20,000 if he can make it around the world in 80 days.

Fogg’s trip takes him from London to Suez to Bombay to Calcutta to Hong Kong to Yokohama to San Francisco to New York and back to London, traveling by both steamer and rail. But as Fogg will soon discover, a trip of this size is easier said than done. As he disembarks in Egypt, a Scotland Yard detective notices a likeness between Fogg and a bank robber, who the detective has been dispatched to capture. Though detective Fix cannot secure a warrant in time to arrest Fogg, he jumps on his trail, following him to Bombay.

As he travels by the newly built railroad in India, he learns the rail has a large gap, forcing him to travel by elephant. Their ride across India introduces them to a number of interesting characters including a young Parsi woman, Aouda, who is being lead to a sanctuary to be sacrificed. Fogg decides to rescue her. In a daring feat, Fogg carries the young lady away, eventually deciding to take her with him to Europe.

All the while, Fix is on their tale having them arrested in Calcutta. Luckily, Fogg and his valet escape, impelling Fix to follow them still to Hong Kong. Their trip continues across Asia and North America with plenty of adventure and chance leading them every step of the way. Find out how this madcap trapse around Earth ends up. Will Fogg make it home in time to win the bet? Or will Fix get the better of his plans, throwing the presumed bank robber in jail? Find out in Around the World in 80 Days, on stage at the IRT all month!

In a time when traveling to the other side of the world is as simple as logging on to Google or Skype, remember what it was like when traveling around the world in 80 days was an amazing feat. Enjoy a global experience at the IRT as they take audiences on a magical and mad cap journey. Support Indianapolis performing arts with your patronage.

Located in Indianapolis downtown, the IRT has prime Indianapolis real estate near a host of Indianapolis attractions such as Circle Center Mall, Lucas Oil Stadium and a number of Indianapolis museums. In addition, the IRT is neighbor to dozens of yummy Indianapolis restaurants, just waiting to make your evening at the theatre complete. After the show, discuss your wildest adventure over cocktails at any of these refreshing Indianapolis bars.

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Around the World in 80 Days
27 to May 16, 2010

Indiana Repertory Theatre
140 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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