A paint style image of a women with her hands around a crystal ball. Inside a man in handcuffs surrounded by a range of items (a prop gun, a key, playing cards, a safe, an elephant, and a fish bowl)

Houdini's Greatest Escape

Drama New Old Friends in association with Yvonne Arnaud Theatre present The Haymarket



£26, 2.30pm £25. Over 65s £2 off, under 25s and f/t students £15.50 (includes £4 booking fee)

Group bookings

Buy 10 tickets and get the 11th free

Schools tickets

Under 25s £15.50, one free teacher per 10 pupils (includes £4 booking fee)

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).


Celebrations of theatricality… low budget aplomb worthy of The 39 Steps
The Times (previous shows)
The Stage (previous shows)
has the crowd in stitches
Reviews Hub (previous shows)
A thigh-slapping, belly-aching romp of a whodunit comedy
British Theatre Guide (previous shows)

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