Around the World in Eighty Days is set to hit the stage at the ApolloTheatre in Newport

The play is a celebrated modern adaptation by Laura Eason of Jules Verne’s classic adventure story.

Although first published in 1872, the tale has lost none of its excitement.

There are 66 characters, 11 actors, trains, boats, fights, dances, a storm, a circus act and an elephant.

They all take centre stage as the mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days.

Join him and his loyal valet Passepartout as they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London, across the subcontinent and on to the Wild West in a race against the clock.

Will they make it back to London in time? Or will a world of trouble mean the bet is lost? And, having seen the whole world, can Fogg find his own heart?

Directors Amy and Dan Burns face their biggest challenge yet - Jules Verne’s epic tale of Victorian eccentricity, romance and derring-do brought to the stage in a production that promises to be fast-moving, entertaining and theatrical, full of action and colour.

The show is on from July 12 to July 20, but not the Sunday or Monday.

A photography exhibition by Pamela Parker will coincide with the play, at the theatre