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Theatre takes us around the world

The classic stories are usually the best, most would agree. That is why they are told and retold, adapted and extended. Adventure stories are the most appropriate as the action never ends and one such story, Around the World in 80 Days by French writer Jules Verne, is what Greek actor and director Haris Romas has made his recent project.

The actor and director will show his telling of this classic tale for two performances on Saturday in Nicosia and then for three performances in Limassol on Monday.

Phileas Fogg is a rich British gentleman living in solitude. Despite his wealth, Fogg lives a modest life with habits carried out with mathematical precision. Very little can be said about his social life, other than that he is a member of the Reform Club. Having dismissed his former valet James Forster for bringing him shaving water at 84F instead of 86F, Fogg hires a Frenchman by the name of Jean Passepartout as a replacement.

At the Reform Club, Fogg gets involved in an argument over an article in The Daily Telegraph stating that with the opening of a new railway section in India, it is now possible to travel around the world in 80 days. He accepts a wager from his fellow club members to complete such a journey within this time period. With Monsieur Passepartout accompanying him, Fogg departs from London by train at 8.45pm on October 2 and if he is to win the wager, he will have to return to the club by this same time on December 21, exactly 80 days later.

Around the World in 80 Days
Performance directed by Haris Romas of the play based on the classic adventure novel by Jules Verne. May 26. Latsia Municipal Theatre, Nicosia. 3pm and 6pm. €12/15. Tel: 22-878688
May 28. Pattihio Theatre, Limassol. 11am, 3pm and 6pm. €12/15. Tel: 25-377277

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