Around the World in 80 Days

Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse

Until 21 December 2019

French with English subtitles

LOCATION

Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse
26 rue de la Gaîté, 75014 Paris
Capacity : 400 seats

DURATION

1 hour and 30 minutes

No intermission


DETAILS

Comedy

Recommended for ages 10 and up

French with English subtitles


HIGHLIGHTS

This world famous adventure novel has been turned into a hilarious comedy! The story of an earth circumnavigating race against the clock led by Phileas Fogg, an English gentleman, and Passepartout, his French valet. Pursued by the London police officer Detective Fix, who is convinced that Fogg is responsible for the robbery of the Bank of England, this English adventurer hops from train, to ship, to elephant, crossing Egypt, India, Hong-Kong, Japan, San Francisco and New-York... 

STORY

In 1872, Jules Verne created a huge buzz when he published “Around the World in 80 Days”, the story of an earth circumnavigating race against the clock led by Phileas Fogg, an English gentleman, and Passepartout, his French valet. 

Repeatedly adapted for the stage and screen (including a cinematic adaptation featuring Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan), this adventure novel has now been adapted by Sébastien Azzopardi and Sacha Danino into a wonderfully crazy comedy, featuring colourful, energetic and extravagant characters.

Pursued by the London police officer Detective Fix, who is convinced that Fogg is responsible for the robbery of the Bank of England, this English adventurer hops from train, to ship, to elephant, crossing Egypt, India, Hong-Kong, Japan, San Francisco and New-York, finding time to rescue an Indian princess by the name of Aouda... 

In this adaptation for the stage, Azzopardi transforms Verne's tale of a thousand adventures into a theatrical journey of a thousand laughs. Now it's your turn to jump on board, and join us for the ride. Come along and find out if Fogg will make it back to London in time...

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Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse

26 rue de la Gaîté, 75014 Paris

The concept of ‘Café-concerts’ were extremely popular in Paris in the second half of the 19th century. People used to go along to watch a show – typically mime, dance or cabaret – whilst eating, drinking and, inevitably, being rowdy. This was how the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse started when it opened its doors in 1868.

 

Later on, however, the 1930s represent a bleak period in the venue’s history, due to the decline in popularity of café-concert culture. The theatre’s repertoire became more and more vulgar, with the direction desperately offering increasingly sultry shows to try to attract spectators, before eventually giving up. The Second World War, however, saw various troops of singers taking to the stage, who brought the theatre a newfound popularity. In 1945, an avant-garde theatre company rented the venue, bringing with them various sketches, musical shows, parodies and poetry recitals. Among performers was a young Juliette Gréco, who made her debut on the stage of the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse, in a show named 'Victor ou les enfants au pouvoir'.

 

Facing a more serious threat of demolition in 1988, various influential names in the performance industry rallied round to save the theatre, and it’s been in continuous operation ever since. Listed as a historical monument since 1984, the Théâtre de la Gaïté Montparnasse is a true success story, showing the value in never giving up!

 

Fast facts

Capacity: 400

Handicap Accessible? Yes, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas

Air conditioning? Yes