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.