Houdini’s Greatest Escape - New Wolsey Theatre

Houdini’s Greatest Escape

Performed from Tue 7 — Wed 8 May

New Old Friends

Presented by New Old Friends in association with Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Physical comedy, sparkling wit and just a touch of chaos.

Harry Houdini is the world’s greatest entertainer.

Just as his death-defying escapology stunts have him, and his wife Bess, on the cusp of a career-defining performance for King Edward, he finds himself framed for murder by a gang of criminals in cahoots with the chief of police.

Can Harry & Bess escape the plot and clear their names?
And how is their rival, The Superstar Spiritualist medium, involved?

All will be revealed in this hilarious 39 Steps-esque thriller, played out in New Old Friends’ (Crimes on Centre Court) inimitable, award-winning style of physical comedy, sparkling wit and just a touch of chaos.

Featuring a hard-working cast of four playing multiple roles on an almost harder-working set, this show will have you laughing and gasping throughout at the magic of theatre and the ‘real’ magic of illusions designed by TV’s Pete Firman (BBC One’s The Magicians).

Age guidance: 10+. Contains mild bad language, innuendo and murder/crime.

Runtime 1hr 50mins inc interval

Production photography credit: Pamela Raith Photography.

Reviews of Houdini’s Greatest Escape

What the public say

This is a ridiculously enjoyable, highly accomplished production. From the very first scene, we in the audience were fully engaged and engrossed in what was going on. The acting - not to mention the magic! - is top notch and the script fiercely clever. This is honestly a "must see" production - don't miss out!

Elly Clark

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