James Raven and Andrew Basso in The Illusionists at the Shaftesbury Theatre
Magic Show Heads to the West End Following Successful Worldwide Tour
It seems that audiences will have plenty of options this year when it comes to shows based in the world of magic and illusion. Already we have seen announcements for shows such as Derren Brown: Miracle at the Palace Theatre and Impossible at the Noel Coward Theatre and now we have another to add to the list.
The Illusionists: Witness The Impossible, a production that has already wowed crowds in various locations around the world, now makes it to the capital, where it will make its London debut on the stage of the Shaftesbury Theatre.
The production will feature as its main star James Raven, who many will remember for his appearances on Britain’s Got Talent this year. He presents spectacular illusions alongside fellow performers Andrew Basso, Kevin James, Colin Cloud and Ben Blaque. The show is said to feature stunts as well as magic, with plenty of humour thrown in for good measure. It has previously been staged as part of a world tour and its success should ensure high sales of theatre tickets when they go on sale for the West End.
Whilst Raven is best known for Britain’s Got Talent, Basso is well known for his appearances worldwide as an Escapologist, with previous performances here in London and locations further afield. Then there is Colin Cloud, described as this show as a deductionist and has made his name as a mind reader who makes appearances on stages around the United Kingdom and on television screens, ensuring familiar faces for the production when it opens in November.
Prior to The Illusionists, the Shaftesbury Theatre remains the home of Memphis, which closes its doors in October. The musical sees Beverley Knight take on the lead role of Felicia. Then, next year, audiences can look forward to Motown the Musical, a celebration of the famous musical form originated in Detroit.
The Illusionists: Witness The Impossible runs at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End as part of its London debut from Monday 16th November 2015 (previews from Saturday 14th November 2015) to Sunday 3rd January 2016.