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Spectacle Musical "Le retour du capitaine Nemo"

Spectacle Musical “Le retour du capitaine Nemo” is the theatrical and musical adaptation of Le retour du capitaine Nemo that is performed since 2024.

This musical multimedia show features Benoît Peeters (narrator), Bruno Letort (composer and musician), Xavier de Lignerolles (singer) 1), Pierre Quiriny (percussionist) and Jean-Marc Fessard (bass clarinettist).

François Schuiten and Félix de Lemos (video artist) are responsible for live drawings and projections.

François Schuiten: “We're trying to recapture the fascination that Verne also had with shows. He loved having his books adapted. He loved very spectacular things2).

Teaser video

Teaser for “The Return of Captain Nemo”, directly adapted from the graphic novel by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters, with music by Bruno Letort. With : Xavier de Lignerolles as Captain Nemo. Produced in Strasbourg, on 27 April 2024, as part of the world premiere (Opéra du Rhin / Arsmondo Utopie Festival). Electronics: Bruno Letort / Percussion: Pierre Quiriny / Bass clarinet: Jean-Marc Fessard. Videographer: Félix de Lemos. In partnership with Ensemble Sillages 3).


The premiere of this musical was on April 28, 2024 at 11am in Strasbourg (Cité de la musique et de la danse) during Festival Arsmondo Utopie 4) 5).

The musical will also be performed in:

Also a performance in Amiens and Brussels is being planned.

First performance

The first performance was on April 28, 2024 at 11am in Strasbourg (Cité de la musique et de la danse) during Festival Arsmondo Utopie.

Bernard Bloch 9) and Klara Beck Photographies 10) via Opéra national du Rhin 11) made the following pictures.

Preparations & rehearsals

François Schuiten and Félix de Lemos had a working session on the video graphics in March 2024. Benoît Peeters shared the following pictures 12).

Starting April 1st, 2024 the team had their five days of rehearsals at the Projection Room in Brussels. Benoît Peeters 13) 14) 15), Xavier de Lignerolles 16) and Bruno Letort 17) shared the following pictures .

On Saturday April 27, 2024 was the final rehearsal for the first performance in Strassbourgh. Benoît Peeters 18) and Xavier de Lignerolles 19) shared the following pictures.