Mischief Theatre Company announce the second of three new shows they will premiere during their year-long residency in the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre.
‘In the next ‘Goes Wrong’ comedy to hit the West End, the original Mischief company play a hapless gang of magicians presenting a charity event .
Created with Magic legends Penn & Teller, Mischief Theatre conjure up an evening of grand illusion.
As the accidents spiral out of control, so does their fundraising target!’
‘Magic Goes Wrong’ is the latest show to have been created by Mischief Theatre Company founders Henry Shields, Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer, along with acclaimed US magicians and entertainers Penn and Teller.
Whilst the two magicians were in London, to perform at the city’s Hammersmith Apollo, they visited the Duchess Theatre to see a production of Mischief’s ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’. Mischief writer Henry Lewis explains that “they really enjoyed it and got in touch”. Penn and Teller invited the company to visit them in Vegas,and shortly afterwards, they began collaborating on what was to become ‘Magic Goes Wrong’.
Lewis adds,“I’ve been a massive fan of magic since forever. I had a childhood obsession with it, so it’s been amazing and fascinating to find out about some of the methods; like the psychological element and how to make things more deceptive… What we really want is for this show to be funny, and obviously it’s a Goes Wrong show, so some of the tricks don’t work, but also there is real magic in it as well. So even if the tricks aren’t quite the ones that were intended, there’s lots of real genuine magic in it”.
Jonathan Sayer explains that the company have toyed with the idea of creating a magic show in the past: “We talked about how we loved doing that show and the thing that we really lacked was any full understanding of how to do anything that was seriously magic and wonderful… It immediately became clear that we got on very well (with Penn and Teller) and they are an absolute cavern of knowledge when it comes to how magic is done, and also how performance is sculpted. They are incredibly interesting… The result is a show that will see characters who have a range of magic styles, so a classic magician with doves and such like, a mind reader, an American jeopardy magician, a more circus-type double act and an ancient quick-change artist. There will be lots of stuff that goes catastrophically wrong but also some ‘genuinely dazzling and cool’ magic which people will have no idea how it is done”.
American filmmaker JJ Abrams, involved in the production’s creative team as co-producer, has said, “I am a nearly life-long fan of Penn and Teller and working with the Mischief Theatre Company has been pure joy. I expect all that to change with this new production!”.
Regarding this exciting collaboration, Teller said: ‘“When our own magic has gone wrong, we were miserable. But when it’s somebody else, it’s hilarious. So this seems like the perfect project for Mischief and us. We’re huge fans of theirs, so collaborating with them was a privilege and an astonishment. Any idea we’d pitch them, right on the spot they’d turn it around and make us double over laughing. We’ve very proud of the results and hope you enjoy the show.”
Although Penn and Teller will not be appearing on stage, they have been closely involved in the rehearsal process.
‘Magic Goes Wrong’ will begin previews in December at the Vaudeville Theatre, London.