Houdini’s Greatest Escape artwork: An illustration that shows the top of a crystal ball, within which we see Houdini (a white man wearing a grey suit) with his hands in cuffs, looking surprised. Surrounding him are disembodied hands holding a variety of objects: a fake gun shotting a flag that reads ‘bang!’, a key, a set of playing cards, a safe, an elephant and a goldfish in a bowl. A woman’s face peers over the crystal ball, only her eyes visible.
Houdini's Greatest Escape production photo: Houdini, dressed in a grey suit, stands next to his glamorous female assistant, dressed in a 1920s-style golden playsuit. She holds up a newspaper with the headline ‘Houdini Done It’. Under the headline, a pane has been cut out of the paper, revealing Houdini’s face where a photo would be.
Photo by Pamela Raith
Four actors (Houdini in a dark grey suit, his glamourous female assistant in a silky golden playsuit and two actors dressed in sleeveless waistcoats and dark trousers) cling to a set piece that looks like the front of a wooden tram. Their expressions are comically panicked/fearful.
Photo by Pamela Raith
Houdini's Greatest Escape production photo: Houdini’s assistant, wearing a 1920s-style gold playsuit, sits with her hands cuffed together in the front seat of a police car. The Policeman sitting next to her drives the car with an expression of worry on their face.
Photo by Pamela Raith
Houdini's Greatest Escape production photo: Two actors, one dressed in a red top hat with oversized red handlebar moustache, the other dressed as a clown in a white wig, hat and ruffled top, holding a puppet elephant head. They lean out of the windows of wooden set piece that looks like a train car.
Photo by Pamela Raith
Houdini's Greatest Escape production photo: Houdini and his assistant talk to a police officer, who wears an exaggerated expression, making them appear bumbling. The assistant, wearing a very short, 1920s-style costume, sits on the magician’s trunk, one leg crossed over the other.
Photo by Pamela Raith
Houdini's Greatest Escape production photo: A woman in a purple silk robe, wearing a 1920s-style turban and layers of turquoise stone necklaces, throws her hands up in the hair, a comic expression of upset on her face.
Photo by Pamela Raith
Houdini's Greatest Escape production photo: Background: a barman holds out two drinks from behind a bar. Foreground: Houdini’s assistant, dressed in a golden 1920s-style playsuit, with s scarf tied around her hair like a hood, pulls on the arm of policeman, making him comically loose his balance.
Photo by Pamela Raith

New Old Friends in association with Yvonne Arnaud Theatre present

Houdini’s Greatest Escape

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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 and  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).


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Thu 16 May, 7.30pm
Audio-described performance

“Celebrations of theatricality… aplomb worthy of The 39 Steps

The Times

“A thigh-slapping, belly-aching romp of a whodunit comedy”

British Theatre Guide

“FIVE STARS!”

The Bath Chronicle

“a delight from start to finish! Fast and smart… a great night out!”

Emma Rice

“Hilarious”

The Stage

“Had the audience in stitches”

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Thursday 16th May 2024
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