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Houdini's Greatest Escape
Comedy + Main House

Houdini's Greatest Escape

Can Harry & Bess Houdini escape being framed for murder and clear their names?

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 (Netflix's Good Omens, BBC One’s The Magicians). Presented by New Old Friends in association with Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

Family ticket (4 tickets) for £100 with the code HOUDINIFAM! Applicable for shows Monday - Thursday on Band B or C tickets.

*Previews from £10 - £15.50*


Harry Houdini | Ben Higgins 

Bess Houdini | Lydia Piechowiak 

Ensemble | Kirsty Cox 

Ensemble | Adam Elliott

Stage Manager | Anna Eagle


Creative Producer| Heather Westwell

Written & directed| Feargus Woods Dunlop

Illusion Design| Pete Firman

Set Design| Caitlin Abbott

Costume Design| Connie Watson

Lighting Design| George Seal

Sound Design| Fred Riding

Movement Direction| Sam Archer

Composer| Guy Hughes

Ticket Price



29th May - 30th June


King's Head Theatre



For New Old Friends:

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

"FIVE STARS" - The Bath Chronicle
“A delight from start to finish! Fast and smart …a great night out!” - Emma Rice
“Hilarious” –The Stage
“Has the crowd in stitches”- Reviews Hub
“A thigh-slapping, belly-aching romp of a whodunit comedy”– British Theatre Guide 





Age Restriction: 10+

Content Warnings: mild bad language, innuendo, murder, drowning, mother’s grief 


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