Impossible

Previewed 24 July 2015, Opened 30 July 2015, Closed 29 August 2015, returned
Previewed 8 July 2016, Opened 13 July 2016, Closed 27 August 2016 at the Noel Coward Theatre in London

Back in the West End by public demand! The biggest magic show in decades Impossible in London featuring the very best magicians and tricksters from around the world in one amazing show!

This specially created stage show will fuse dazzling grand stage illusions, up-close-and-personal magic, cutting-edge technological tricks and death-defying escapology together in a fast-paced, breath-taking spectacular for every generation. This show brings together world-leading performers live on-stage for the very first time and features a stunning range of magical artistry, from astonishing acts of epic proportions through to dumbfounding up-close sleight of hand. Be ready to be mesmerized and baffled by these incredible illusionists as nothing is quite what it seems.

The cast for the July / August 2016 features Magical Bones (Richard Essien), Chris Cox, Sabine van Diemen, Jonathan Goodwin, Ben Hart and Josephine Lee. Directed by Lloyd Wood with designs by Andrew D Edwards, costumes by Marie-Madeleine Sarson, lighting by Howard Harrison, video projections by 59 Productions, music by Ryan Martin and sound by Gareth Owen.

The July / August 2015 season cast featured Jonathan Goodwin, a modern-day Houdini, daredevil and TV escapologist; Chris Cox, a mind-blowing mind-reader; Ben Hart, a boundary breaking magician; Jamie Allan, a spell-binding digital marvel; plus more acts to be announced! Unfortunately Katherine Mills, a psychological trickster, had to withdraw from this production prior to opening due to personal reasons. Directed by Anthony Owen with set designs by Andrew D. Edwards, lighting by Tim Lutkin, video by Duncan McLean and sound by Gareth Owen. Previewed 24 July 2015, opened 30 July 2015 and closed 29 August 2015 at the Noel Coward Theatre.

When this production opened here in July 2015, Michael Billington in the Guardian praised it as being a "fiesta of trickery and illusion, which resembles a Las Vegas cabaret... It's a highly entertaining show... the whole evening is slick, fast-moving and intriguing." Bruce Dessau in the London Evening Standard thought that "this magic show is so mindblowingly spectacular it will knock your socks off. Sometimes. Elsewhere it may have you impatient for the next Vegas-style thrill. The noisy coups-de-theatre are dazzling, but the subtle sleight-of-hand conjuring works less well despite video close-ups." Dominic Maxwell in the Times described it as being "a sometimes spectacular, sometimes spectacularly naff gang show... yet it's too full of skill to resist for long. If one routine makes you roll your eyes, you can be fairly sure the next one will make your jaw drop." Ian Shuttleworth in the Financial Times said that "no amount of pumping music and Rubik's Cube set design can dispel the sense of déjà vu... it's all thoroughly accomplished work of its kind, but it will not necessarily convert you if you aren't already of the faith." Paul Taylor in the Independent highlighted that "there is bags of interaction with the audience in this sometimes jaw-dropping magic spectacular... The show, which brings together eight master illusionists, is both technologically cutting-edge and cheesily old-fashioned in its values and banter... There are some astonishing stunts, though."

"Jaw-dropping as these displays are, they are seriously hampered by the seriousness with which the performers take themselves and a weirdly bombastic soundtrack. Mindreader Chris Cox, a natural comedian, provides a much-needed change of tone towards the end of the first act. Some of the evening's most impressive stunts are actually the most simple: Luis de Matos beguiles with some sleight-of-hand trickery, while Ben Hart performs a close-up rope trick that leaves the audience gasping. More problematic is the old-school machismo... It doesn't help that the various female assistants behave like glamour models. Given that they presumably know how each trick is done, you long for them to turn the tables and cut a man in two instead." The Sunday Telegraph

"Will you be tricked, wowed and asking: 'How do they do that?' Yes, you probably will. The spirit of Houdini looms large in this magic show, devised by producer Anthony Owen, but it comes with lasers, screens and impossibly bendy women. It's well worth catching... One of the pleasures here is that the history of many of the old-fashioned acts is explained. For example, you get an introduction about Houdini from escapologist Jonathan Goodwin, who performs Houdini's acts either underwater in handcuffs or catching fire while hanging upside-down in a straitjacket. To remind us of the power of magic, the whole show is seen through the wide eyes of a cute little boy who watches from the side of the stage. But forget the kid, it's the acts that matter, and no one can accuse this show of not going for the tried and tested... Impossible certainly has enough highlights to keep you entertained, and it's great to see some magic in the West End while the summer does its own disappearing act." The Mail on Sunday

Impossible in London at the Noel Coward Theatre previewed from 8 July 2016, opened on 13 July 2016 and closed on 27 August 2016.