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Sean Foley directs Around the World in 80 Days in London next year

The ''Perfect Nonsense'' and ''I Can't Sing!'' director will direct the production which will feature a hot air balloon flying over the audience and a 20 foot high steam-powered elephant

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Sean Foley is directing the world premiere of an adaptation of Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days, in an immersive production running in London for 11 weeks next summer.

The show, created by the team that designed Chichester Festival Theatre's Theatre in the Park will be held in it's own venue, 'The Pavilion', at the O2.

Sean Foley is currently represented in the West End by his production of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense. He is also in line to direct the X Factor musical I Can't Sing! starring Nigel Harman and Cynthia Erivo at the Palladium next year. His other directing credits include The Ladykillers.

Based on the original Jules Verne literary classic of the same name, Around the World in Eighty Days will bring the story to life as a live, theatrical event, and will feature a 360 degree dome the size of 10 IMAX screens, a hot air balloon flying above the audience and a 20 foot high steam-powered elephant.

Join the eccentric Englishman Phileas Fogg and his trusty servant Passepartout as they race by boat, train, hot air balloon and elephant in a bid to get around the world in eighty days. Will the mountains, jungles and oceans of our wondrous planet defeat them? Will Fogg win his wager or become a ruined man? And exactly where does love figure in this incredible adventure? Most importantly, will Passepartout ever be able to boil Fogg's egg for exactly 204 seconds?!

Around the World in Eighty Days will be in London from June-August 2014, before embarking on a three year, 19 city US Tour starting in California.