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A Regular Little Houdini

From 11 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Intense

About the show

59E59 presents this one-man play from Daniel LLewelyn-Williams about a Welsh dockworker's son at the turn of the last century, who, smitten by Harry Houdini, dreams of a life of magic. More…

His parents struggle with their son’s eccentricity, but doggedly training himself to emulate his hero on the industrial detritus, his relentless ambition finally brings him face-to-face with the world’s greatest showman - and one of the most terrifying events in British industrial history. Is it possible to follow one’s dreams when poverty weighs you down like mud? An story that blends childhood imagination with the cynicism of adulthood. A tale of hope, determination, and magic.

Member Reviews (11)


Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Intense

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if Suspenseful one man bio with surprising twists and turns. Shows how a person can give their life unique meaning. Good writing and acting.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy one man biographies, even though the story is unusual. You are looking for a fancier production.

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Exciting, Scary!

See it if You want to hear a gripping story. It starts off slow but really gets exciting as the story goes on.

Don't see it if You don't one person shows that only have an empty stage. It's all in the acting which Is pretty intense! This is not a magic show.

Also Very short (just over an hour). Certainly worth seeing for the serious... Read more Read less

Great acting, Absorbing, Confusing

See it if You want to see a gripping, energetic one-man performance.

Don't see it if You want a story that's a little more evenly paced and clear.

Enchanting, Refreshing, Heartwarming

See it if -you are looking for a story of family, a perfect complement to this time of year; -you like the storytelling craft; -you believe in magic.

Don't see it if - you don't like one person shows - you want fluffy, noisy, boisterous diversional entertainment

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a well done one man show.

Don't see it if You have kids.

Intense, Great writing, Enchanting

See it if You want to witness a master story teller.

Don't see it if You are not willing to be swept up.

Intense, Riveting, Profound, Must see, Great writing

See it if You wish to be moved and amazed in equal part.

Don't see it if You are not prepared to listen to a good story well told.

Absorbing, Funny, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a compelling story, well told and beautifully acted! It's suitable for kids but tackles, complex themes and emotion intelligently.

Don't see it if You have little imagination.

Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to be transported via the magic of theatre.

Don't see it if You only like big-scale garish theatre.

December 18th, 2017
"A unique and captivating one-man show...It combines splendid storytelling and illusion with real historical events...Daniel Llewelyn-Williams' has written 'A Regular Little Houdini' with meticulous detail and delivers a stunning performance...You'll be entranced and entertained by 'A Regular Lit...
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December 18th, 2017
"A regular little spellbinder...Llewelyn-Williams is a king-size stage presence with leading-man looks and a knack for spinning a yarn...It may seem unlikely that a piece about the power of illusion, featuring several scenes of high action, would work so well in monologue form, but Llewelyn-Willi...
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December 18th, 2017
"If only Daniel Llewelyn-Williams were able to tap more liberally into some of that razzle-dazzle, then perhaps his solo show would stir up more excitement than the occasional sparks that flare up briefly...Ultimately, 'A Regular Little Houdini' is less of a play than it is a piece of storytellin...
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December 19th, 2017
“If there's a criticism to be leveled at ‘A Regular Little Houdini,’ it's that it could be longer. Llewelyn-Williams, director Joshua Richards, and composer Meg Cox (the only three people listed in the program) seem to have been on their own in crafting the show, which might explain its brevity. ...
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