Jules Verne adaptation opens at The Grand

Friday, March 11, 2016

A unique theatre adaptation of French author Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under Sea will play The Grand Theatre this month, marking the return of Canadian writer/director/ actor/musician/educator Rick Miller.

Miller wears many hats but theatre-goers in London will likely remember fi rst his multimedia stage show Boom, which was produced at The Grand last season. This time around, Miller and co-creator/director/producer Craig Francis have turned their attention and their talents to a classic piece of sci-fi literature that seems to mesh nicely with the creative media-heavy theatre Miller and his contemporaries are known for.

Using a unique mix of video, projection and even some puppetry, Miller and Francis have created what lead actor Andrew Shaver describes as a very modern (and socially conscious) adaptation of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Verne’s famous novel from 1870. Played by Shaver, the stage adaptation features Verne as a multimedia artist who journeys back in time into his own version of Twenty Thousand Leagues, encounters the story’s hero — Captain Nemo (Richard Clarkin) — and embarks on an extraordinary journey.

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