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Around the World in Eighty Days show to open at O2

Around The World in Eighty Days
Image caption The show will feature a hot air balloon flying over the audience and a 20ft steam-powered elephant

A new production of Jules Verne's Around The World in Eighty Days is to open at London's O2 Arena next summer.

The show will be set within its own purpose-built pavilion, featuring a 360 degree dome the size of 10 Imax screens.

Former Olivier Award nominee Sean Foley will direct the tale of Phileas Fogg's epic race around the globe.

It will run for 11 weeks from June 2014 before embarking on a three year US tour. Casting has yet to be announced.

Described as an "immersive live theatrical event", the production will see a hot air balloon flying above the audience and a 20ft (6m)-high steam-powered elephant.

The pavilion will be created by the same team that produced Chichester Festival Theatre's temporary tent this summer during its renovation.

Ahead of the production, Foley will be directing I Can't Sing!, the musical based on The X Factor, at the London Palladium.

He previously directed West End hits The Ladykillers and current comedy show Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense starring Stephen Mangan and Matthew Macfadyen.

The O2 has previously hosted other shows that use their own purpose-built theatre including Monkey: Journey to the West, featuring music composed by Blur's Damon Albarn.

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