The Art of Illusion
The Art of Illusion
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The Art of Illusion London Reviews and Tickets

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Delightful, Absorbing, Entertaining, Refreshing, Enchanting

About the Show

The UK premiere Alexis Michalik’s Moliere Award-winning play about the mysteries of magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin.

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157 Reviews | 20 Followers
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Refreshing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like magic, plays and history as this has it all!

Don't see it if You don't like a slow burner or knowing the history of magicians!

Critic Reviews (7)

BroadwayWorld
January 4th, 2023

"The company might get better as they grow more skilled in the tricks involved in the production, but it's difficult to save a show that feels as tired and unsophisticated as a seaside attraction."
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The London Evening Standard
January 4th, 2023

"This English version is wilfully amateurish, full of oafish mugging, clumsy tricks and jokey British regional accents."
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The Times (UK)
January 4th, 2023

"Energy is good, but there are too many moments where the playing has the have-a-go feeling of an improv night. In this intimate space especially, the effect is fidgety, sometimes amateurish."
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The Stage (UK)
January 4th, 2023

"In a production that manages to be both manic and flat-footed, there is simply too little to engage with or to care about."
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WhatsOnStage
January 5th, 2023

"A bewildering array of superfluous plot lines and supporting characters, plus the breakneck pace of much of the staging tends to make the script itself feel ponderous, despite translator Waleed Akhtar's frequently enjoyable attempts to fill it with comedy."
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The Arts Desk
January 14th, 2023

"Thematically it’s stretched a little thin at times, but as a performance it’s a tonic ... a fast-moving evening being thoroughly entertained by an impressive cast."
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The Guardian (UK)
January 5th, 2023

" 'The Art of Illusion' is not without pleasures but it does lack the confidence and lightness of touch that might make Michalik’s play fly."
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