The UK premiere Alexis Michalik’s Moliere Award-winning play about the mysteries of magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin.
It's 1984, and a man meets a woman in a Parisian café. He is returning the bag she thought she lost on the metro, but instead of telling her the truth that he stole her bag, he tells her the story of master magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin. Together they venture to a theatre beneath the Boulevard des Italiens to break into a museum to uncover the mystery of the Mechanical Turk.
"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."
"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."
"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."