Keyboardist, alto horn player, composer, and founding member of Loose Tubes Django Bates will compose the score for a new stage production of Jules Verne’s classic 1873 novel, Around the World in 80 Days, running at the St. James Theatre from 26 November 2015 – 17 January 2016 with a press night on 3 December 2015. In an adaptation by playwright Laura Eason, a writer on hit Netflix series House of Cards, the production will be directed by Lucy Bailey and produced by Simon Friend Entertainment, St. James Theatre Productions and Ros Povey Productions. Casting will be announced shortly.
Django has worked closely with Lucy Bailey on a variety of theatre projects including Gobbledegook for The Gogmagogs, Baby Doll, (Birmingham Rep, National Theatre, Albery Theatre), Stairs to the Roof and Tonight at 8:30 (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Postman Always Rings Twice (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Albery Theatre), Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens (Shakespeare’s Globe). Other theatre credits include As You Like It and Julius Caesar (RSC), and House of Games (Almeida).
Django was a leading light in the 1980s European jazz renaissance. The Dutch Metropole Orchestra, The Brodsky Quartet, Joanna MacGregor, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Shakespeare Company, and Duisburg Philharmonic are some of the many groups that have commissioned new works from Django. As an internationally respected musician he has appeared alongside Bill Bruford, Dudu Pukwana, Sidsel Endresen, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Brecker, Tim Berne, and Ronnie Scott. In 1997 Django was awarded the prestigious Danish Jazzpar prize, dubbed the ‘Nobel Prize of Jazz’. Django is currently a professor of jazz at the University of the Arts, Bern, Switzerland.
The majestically mysterious, fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just eighty days. Join Fogg and his loyal valet, Passepartout, as they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the wild west in a race against the clock. A cast of eight play more than 100 characters in this high-spirited, imagination-filled escapade for all the family.
Pack your bags for a trip Around the World in 80 Days.
St. James Theatre
12 Palace Street, London SW1E 5JA
Box Office: 0844 264 2140
Dates: Thursday 26 November 2015 – Sunday 17 January 2016