Vaudeville Theatre

404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH GB

Magic Goes Wrong

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4.5/5 - based on 26 reviews
  • Opens: Thursday, 21 October 2021
    Booking until: Sunday, 27 February 2022
  • Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes
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Performance Times
  • Opens: Thursday, 21 October 2021
    Booking until: Sunday, 27 February 2022
  • Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Mon - -
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun 14:00 19:00

Magic Goes Wrong description

Magic Goes Wrong – Penn & Teller plus Mischief Theatre

Welcome to the latest 'Goes Wrong' spectacular, this time featuring a magic show that goes completely, utterly and horribly wrong. The amateur magicians involved - a hapless lot if there ever was one – and their ill-fated, accident-studded charity event look like being the funniest thing we've seen for ages. The news on the streets is this combo of magic and comedy is one of the best yet from the Mischief Theatre, so grab tickets while you can.

This is the Mischief's second production in a twelve month residency at the Vaudeville theatre. The show - Magic Goes Wrong – sees the dazzlingly brilliant original company playing a bunch of amateur magicians demonstrating their best tricks at a charity event. The thing is, every time one of their tricks goes wrong, the fundraising target grows.

This is the first time the Mischief has collaborated with outside writers, the household name magicians Penn & Teller, a US duo of magicians and entertainers who've been performing comedy and magic since the 1970s. They've starred in numerous TV shows including Penn & Teller: Fool Us, and Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, and are currently on stage at the Rio in Las Vegas, the longest running headlining act in Vegas' history – they've been doing it since 2001!

Mischief Theatre's artistic director, Henry Lewis, is by all accounts thrilled to work with Penn & Teller, and promises it'll be an experience full of surprises. The show is produced by JJ Abrams, who directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Kevin McCollum. Abrams is by all accounts a huge Penn & Teller fan and someone who adores working with the Mischief Theatre Company, calling it,pure joy”. The pleasure goes on - apparently Penn & Teller are big fans of the Mischiefs, too. Adam Meggido directs and the opening night is in early January 2020.

Teller himself has things to say. When Penn & Teller's magic goes wrong, it's horrible. But when someone else's goes awry, it's the funniest thing. And that's why, “It seems like the perfect project for Mischief and us" according to Teller. He adds, “We're very proud of the results and hope you enjoy the show."

Penned – pardon the pun! - by Penn Jillette, Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields and Teller, this show presents an awe-inspiringly silly evening of 'grand illusion'. You'll laugh your hat off, laugh yourself off your seat, giggle yourself to happy tears. Don't miss it.

Who is this show for?
This show is perfect for people aged 12 and over.

Next Performances for Magic Goes Wrong at the Vaudeville Theatre

Thursday21st Oct 2021 7:30pm

404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH GB

Magic Goes Wrong Cast
Friday22nd Oct 2021 7:30pm

404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH GB

Magic Goes Wrong Cast
Saturday23rd Oct 2021 2:30pm

404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH GB

Magic Goes Wrong Cast
Saturday23rd Oct 2021 7:30pm

404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH GB

Magic Goes Wrong Cast
Sunday24th Oct 2021 2:00pm

404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH GB

Magic Goes Wrong Cast
Sunday24th Oct 2021 7:00pm

404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH GB

Magic Goes Wrong Cast

Magic Goes Wrong reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 26 reviews

What to expect:


Recommended for:

Anyone (69%)
Families (73%)
Teenagers (73%)
Couples (88%)
Theatregoers (81%)
Latest customer reviews
A waste of money

Awful. We left at half time. It just wasn’t funny at all, restricted view seats despite them not being advertised as such. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

Reviewed on 16 March 2020 by , Devon, United Kingdom

Imaginative magic

This show is meant to disappoint in places - it is a show about disasters after all! The magic comes later, as they take you beyond the trick you thought they were doing, to the one they perform. I would take notice of the safety recommendations; lights, noise, gore & innuendo - not for someone who is at risk from triggers, or the very young. A very enjoyable show with great audience interaction, go prepared to take part.

Reviewed on 15 March 2020 by , Truro, United Kingdom

Brilliant night out

It was a brilliant fun night out. Very funny and clever with the tricks. Great actors who made it genuinely funny and enjoyable. Highly recommend it.

Reviewed on 13 March 2020 by , Essex, United Kingdom

Non stop action and fun

Loved the apparent ad libs and the audience participation - not so keen on the bum exposure - stupid girly pants would have been just as funny. The mind mangler was the star and we loved the two dancing ladies - in fact they all were brilliant !

Reviewed on 04 March 2020 by , Solihull, United Kingdom


Fantastically funny from start to finish

Reviewed on 01 March 2020 by , Ashford, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 21 February 2020 by , Croydon, United Kingdom

A magical night out!

Reviewed on 17 February 2020 by , Cheadle Hulme, United Kingdom

So bad it’s good!!

Reviewed on 15 February 2020 by , Dorset, United Kingdom

A Magical performance

If you’ve seen The Goes Wrong shows on TV or any of the other stage shows featuring these “AmDram” wonders then this performance will enhance your experience. Some critics have not enjoyed it but audiences have and I would recommend it.

Reviewed on 14 February 2020 by , Norwich, United Kingdom

Great show

Entertaining and funny.

Reviewed on 28 January 2020 by , Plymouth, United Kingdom

A must see.

The show was really enjoyable.

Reviewed on 25 January 2020 by , Kent, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 21 January 2020 by , Camborne, United Kingdom


Did not stop laughing one second, incredible audience inclusion and natural improv feel at these moments. Best show for anyone whether you’re an avid theatre goer or not

Reviewed on 19 January 2020 by , Coulsdon, United Kingdom


So funny and very clever! We couldn’t stop laughing, even on the train going home. Must book to see it again.

Reviewed on 19 January 2020 by , Bexleyheath, United Kingdom

Bit disappointing

Having been very impressed with play / robbery goes wrong was expecting something clever and unique. This was more of a family pantomime that you’d appreciate in your local school or village hall -but not in an expensive West End show. Plenty of audience interaction but not much magic. They need to reset the bar when planning their next show.

Reviewed on 05 January 2020 by , South Heath, United Kingdom

Never laughed so much

Wow wow wow. You did it again. What a great show for young and old alike. Great cast. Handled hecklers well. Would recommend to everyone

Reviewed on 05 January 2020 by , Worksop, United Kingdom

22 Jan
Josephine Balfour-Oatts

Review: MAGIC GOES WRONG at the Vaudeville Theatre

by Josephine Balfour-Oatts | Wednesday, January 22 2020, 15:04

Magic Goes Wrong Hit company Mischief Theatre put their comedic sorcery to the test in Magic Goes Wrong, their latest addition to the London stage.

Review: MAGIC GOES WRONG at the Vaudeville Theatre