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‘Around the World in 80 Days’ comes to SoBo

Walnut Street Theatre, America’s Oldest Theatre, celebrated 200 years of great entertainment in 2009. Most noteworthy American actors of the 19th century and many from the 20th century have appeared on stage at the Walnut. 

Some of the Walnut’s shining stars include Edwin Forrest, Edwin Booth, the Drews, the Barrymores, George M. Cohan, Will Rogers, The Marx Brothers, Helen Hayes, Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Ethel Waters, Audrey Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Lauren Bacall, George C. Scott, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Julie Harris, Jack Lemon and William Shatner. 

Before there were pirates in the Caribbean or raiders in the lost ark, there was Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days” — the mother of all adventure stories. 

In February/March of 2013, the Walnut Street Theatre tours Verne’s famous tale of ships, trains and caravans. It’s 1872 and eccentric hero, Phileas Fogg, is racing across continents and oceans, dodging death, storms and detectives, as he tries to circle the world against the clock. 

With his trusty valet, Passepartout, at his side, Fogg accepts a wager from members of London’s Reform Club and hits the rails and high seas. 

The police, hot on Fogg’s trail, suspect him in a massive bank robbery, setting up a journey full of twists and turns. 

Mark Brown’s thrilling adaptation is a whirlwind trip filled with exotic locales, narrow escapes and great fun. And you think travel today is a challenge.

The public is invited to attend Tuesday night, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. for this performance presented by Walnut Street Theatre of Philadelphia. 

The Prizery will offer a cash bar 45 minutes before the show in the Robert F. Cage gallery where those attending also can enjoy the art works of Russian born artist Alla Parsons.  

The performance of “Around the World in 80 Days” is made by a gift from MBC, Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperation.

For more information, contact The Prizery box-office at 434-572-8339.