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Long Beach Theatre’s ‘Around The World In 80 Days’ Recognized As L.A. Times Critic’s Choice

By Kendra Ablaza, Staff Writer

January 31, 2013 - International City Theatre’s stage version of “Around the World in 80 Days,” was featured as a Critic’s Choice in Los Angeles Times’ arts and culture blog, “Culture Monster,” this week.

The nonprofit theatre premiered their adaptation of the classic adventure novel by Jules Verne on January 23. Set in 1872, Phileas Fogg agrees to a bet that puts his riches and life at risk as he and his servant, Passepartout, attempt to circle the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. The performance features five actors portraying 39 characters from the novel, according to the theatre’s website.

Verne’s novel was originally published in France in 1873. Its most famous recreations have been in film and television. According to theatre officials, a film adaptation in 1956 starring Cantinflas and David Niven won five Oscars including Best Picture. The most recent film version was released in 2004 starring Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan.

“Around the World in 80 Days” runs until February 17 at the International City Theatre, with performances at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Running time is 2 hours, 15 minutes.

For tickets, call (562) 436-4610 or visit ictlongbeach.org.