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‘Impossible’ at Noel Coward Theatre: an astounding magical mystery for all the family

| Comedy, Kids, Theatre | 10/08/2016


The mind blowing magical spectacular that is Impossible has returned to Noel Coward Theatre for a limited period until 27th August 2016. 

Samm Abbott went along to an early performance for What’s On London and, despite getting dragged up on stage, enjoyed herself immensely.  Despite being slightly gimmicky at times, with some of the world’s best illusionists, conjurers, escapologists, mind readers and magicians on stage, this family-friendly event is destined to astound.

Josephine Lee, (c)Helen Maybanks

Josephine Lee, (c)Helen Maybanks

It’s very hard to do justice to this show in under 400 words, as so much happens that you can barely believe, let alone describe.  Neatly mixing dangerous stunts and close quartered sleight of hand, Impossible keeps you gripped even if it occasionally over-relies on gimmicks to segue into the next bout of action.

In a field of equals, daredevil escapologist Jonathan Goodwin, conjurer Sabine van Diemen and ‘Grand Illusionist’ Josephine Lee receive top-billing, adding modern twists to some of history’s most renowned magical acts.  Amongst all of the magic, a little light relief is injected by mind-reader Chris Cox, who had the audience laughing which his crazy antics.

Magical Bones, (c)Helen Maybanks

Magical Bones, (c)Helen Maybanks

However, the three acts that really steal the show are: Lance Corporal Richard Jones (winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2016), cooler than cool street magician Magical Bones and a real ‘one off’, Ben Hart.

Their illusions need to be seen to be believed – you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from them as they perform.

It should be noted that this is an audience participation show, as I found out first-hand when pulled up on stage by Magical Bones.  Nobody in the crowd is safe regardless of where you’re seated, but a word to the wise: stall ticket holders are more likely to be called upon.

It’s not hard to see why Impossible is back in London by popular demand – it’s a great afternoon or evening out.  To experience the magic yourself – with kids, big or small – book your tickets now.

Evening performances run from Monday to Saturday at 19.30, and matinee performances take place on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 15.00, and on Thursday 4th and 11th August also at 15.00.  To book tickets, head here.

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