Thursday, February 8, 2024

'Houdini's Greatest Escape' begins UK tour

Award-winning theatre company New Old Friends, in association with Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, presents HOUDINI'S GREATEST ESCAPE, which opens at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford today and tours the UK through June 30, 2024.

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, Agatha, involved?

All will be revealed in this hilarious 39 Steps-esque thriller, played out in New Old Friends' 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. Cast includes Ben Higgins as Harry Houdini, Lydia Piechowiak as Bess Houdini with ‘many other characters' played by Kirsty Cox and Adam Elliott.  

Writer-director Feargus Dunlop-Woods says: "This is a show we have wanted to make for years and are over the moon that the company is finally in a position to realize the vision of blending our slightly chaotic ‘overtly theatrical' nonsense with some genuine illusions. Researching and ‘getting to know' Harry and Bess Houdini has been fascinating and this, entirely fictional, episode in their crusade against fraud mediums has been a huge amount of fun to create. We can't wait to share it with the country."

CLICK HERE to see all tour dates for HOUDINI'S GREATEST ESCAPE.


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