A stage adaptation of Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne is set to open at the 02 Arena in London next year.
Directed by Sean Foley, whose credits include the West End production of The Ladykillers and the upcoming X Factor musical, I Can’t Sing!, the show will run for 11 weeks at the venue from June 2014. It will then embark upon a three-year tour in the US.
The show will be staged at the venue within a pavilion, which will be created by the same team that produced Chichester Festival Theatre’s temporary tent this summer.
Described as an immersive theatrical event, the production will feature a 20-foot steam powered elephant and a flying hot air balloon.
Previously, the O2 has hosted other shows that use their own purpose-built theatre within the venue. These include a pantomime show of Aladdin starring Lily Savage, and Monkey: Journey to the West, which included music composed by Damon Albarn.
Around the World in Eighty Days is produced by Matthew Churchill Productions. Churchill also produced a stage adaptation of Peter Pan in 2009 through Three Sixty Entertainment, a production company that he co-founded.