Houdini’s Greatest Escape

New Old Friends in association with Yvonne Arnaud Theatre present

Houdini's greatest escape poster
Show Information
Showing on:
Fri 16 February 2024
2 hours approx incl. interval
Mercury Theatre
Age Guidance:
Contains mild swearing, innuendo, jeopardy.

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).

Ben Higgins as Harry Houdini
Lydia Piechowiak as Bess Houdini
Kirsty Cox as many other characters
Adam Elliott as many other characters

“Celebrations of theatricality… low budget aplomb worthy of The 39 Steps”

The Times



The Bath Chronicle

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

Emma Rice


The Stage

“Has the crowd in stitches”

Reviews Hub

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

British Theatre Guide

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