FROM London to Africa, India to Hong Kong, is it really possible to travel the world in 80 days? Somehow we watched it happen in a mere two hours.

Based on the novel by Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days takes the audience across the globe in a race against time, as the uptight Phileas Fogg, played by Andrew Pollard, wagers his life's fortune that he will be able to complete the feat in time.

And alongside the mission of getting back to London, Phileas and companion lieutenant Passepartout (Michael Hugo) must take on the wrath of saboteur Inspector Fix (Dennis Herdman) who follows the duo from continent to continent, as well as dealing with bandits, buffalos and the rescue of a princess along the way.

Directed by Theresa Heskins, the show is a quick-paced and hilarious masterpiece from start to finish, and with an eight person-strong cast constantly adopting new accents and characters, the rest of the ensemble including Pushpinder Chani, Matthew Ganley, Nyron Levy, Joey Parsad and Kirsten Foster as the princess, there is no time for a dull moment.

The show is filled with pure comical genius and at times almost feels like a pantomime, as the audience is encouraged to boo, hiss, laugh and cheer at any given opportunity.

It was a joy to watch an elephant, a circus, trains and boats come to life from nothing on stage, but it was especially heart warming to watch the change in character of Mr Fogg as he came to the end of his journey - not only around the world but how his perspective of the world had transformed too.

And it was Passepartout who kept the audience hooked and laughing, as he made us fall in love with his charm and energy every time he ran onto the stage.

But will the twosome make it around the world in 80 days? I found myself so invested I was checking my watch almost as much as they did.

Around the World in 80 Days runs in Salisbury Playhouse until Saturday (April 27).

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