DTC presents “Around the World in 80 Days.” Plus, Procol Harum plays the Grand Gala, “Scrooge!” sneers at the Schwartz, and more.
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Today we can travel the world in a few months. In the 1870s, when “Around the World in 80 Days” takes place, such a feat would have been remarkable. The Jules Verne classic, adapted for the stage by Mark Brown, comes to life at the Delaware Theatre Company December 1-19. The Victorian adventure centers on Phileas Fogg and his servant, Passepartout, who, against many odds—and oddballs—attempt to circle the globe in 80 days. The story is intricate. Casting it was challenging. Director Aaron Posner and company chose five actors versatile enough to portray 39 characters. “I think it’s a wild ride,” says Posner. “And by having only five actors take on all the roles, it also has a virtuosic theatricality that can be a ton of fun.” Want that fun to linger? The theater is partnering with the Hotel du Pont for an Around the World tea during the show’s run. For more, visit delawaretheatre.org, or call 594-1100. —Maria Hess
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