Around the World in 40(ish) Minutes

Suitable for – KS1 / Scenes – 9 / Songs – 9 / Speaking Parts – 42 / Non Speaking Parts – Unlimited / Duration – 55 Minutes (approx)

“Hilarious!” – J Sheldrake – Deputy Head Teacher

Musical for Key Stage 1 - "Around the World in 40(ish) Minutes!"

Philomena Fogg has invented a travelling machine and has just 40 (ish) minutes to get the items on her shopping list and get home in time for her husband to cook dinner. Will she make it?

She visits Japan for sushi, Italy for pasta, Florida for oranges and many more countries. If you like adventure, funny songs and pure silliness, this school play for primary schools is just for you!

"Around the World in 40(ish) Minutes” is a school play written specifically for KS1 and lower KS2 children, full of great songs, laugh-out-loud lines and funny, international characters.

"An awesome show. Absolutely hilarious!"

 J Sheldrake, Deputy Head Teacher.



Philomena Fogg






Bananas for Bananas


No Place Like Home

What do you get when you purchase the musical for ks1 “Around the World in 40(ish) Minutes”?


*Karaoke style animations (with vocals) that display the song lyrics on any screen or touchscreen

*Karaoke style animations (instrumentals) that display the song lyrics on any screen or touchscreen

*Lyrics with director's notes

*Lyrics without director's notes

*MP3s of all the songs (with vocals)

*MP3s of all the songs (instrumentals)

*Production notes that include scene-by-scene information, prop lists, staging ideas and anything else relevant to staging a great performance

*Character information including costume ideas, number of lines per character and general character information

*Piano Score

*CD Cover

*Poster for advertising

*Printer friendly versions of script and lyrics included (black and white)

*Performance and Recording License

Karaoke Track Example


Script and Production Notes Samples



How do I know this is the right school musical for me?

Based loosely on "Around the World in 80 Days" by Jules Verne, everything that happens in this musical is geographically accurate, which means it’s not just great fun, but informative too! How do we know that “Around the World in 40(ish) Minutes” works? We’ve produced it ourselves and the audience really did love it.  We really did notice that so many of the children got such a big kick out of taking part in this performance that they were desperate to be part of the next show, the year after.

We make sure we test as many plays as we can to make them perfect, before we upload them to our shop. That’s how we can give you such detailed production notes and ideas. All included in the price. If you're looking for a musical for KS1 or lower KS2 this is the perfect choice.

Musicals for Schools

Loosely based on "Around the World in 80 Days" by Jules Verne, "Around the World in 40(ish) Minutes" is a musical for ks1 full of memorable songs and laugh out loud jokes.

We spend months crafting each production ensuring that our musicals are meticulously crafted. We guarantee that not only will the children have a great time performing this script, it will also be easy for the teachers to produce.

Putting on a show can be hard work, which is why we spend so much time preparing detailed production notes. As we’ve produced this play ourselves, we know it inside out.

Everything about this musical for KS1 is in the notes but if something comes up and you need any extra help or ideas on how to make this show perfect at your school, get in touch via the contact page. We’re here to help.

Musical for KS1 and Lower KS2

 ' Around the World in 40(ish) Minutes' contains lots of memorable songs and funny jokes and is aimed specifically at Key Stage 1 but also works with lower Key Stage 2.

Performance is a fantastic learning method for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils.

Philomena Fogg's journey around the world is geographically accurate which makes it very useful when working across the curriculum, as it also delves into areas such as different cultures and society, naturally bridging subject areas. This musical for KS1 and Lower KS2 has everything you need to create an unforgettable show.