Abracadabra! As their episodes of The Goes Wrong Show continue to delight television audiences, I was delighted to continue my series of Mischief Theatre post-show talks with a return to the Vaudeville Theatre to catch up with the company’s co-writers – Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis and Henry Shields – and their co-stars in the latest goes-wrong stage comedy.
Magic Goes Wrong marks another first for Mischief: they’ve created it in collaboration with magic legends Penn & Teller. And to add some extra magic dust, it’s co-produced by Star Wars director and impresario JJ Abrams.
In the show, a hapless gang of magicians are presenting a charity event to raise funds for victims of magic accidents. But as their own onstage accidents spiral out of control, so does their fundraising target.
It’s the biggest and most complex Mischief Theatre production to date, directed by Adam Megiddo and designed by Will Bowen, with costumes by Roberto Surace, lighting by David Howe, sound by Paul Groothuis, music by Duncan McLean – and, most important for a magic show, a magic consultant in the form of award-winning illusionist and Gold Star Member of the Inner Magic Circle Ben Hart (who shares a fascinating history with Henry Lewis!).
For this post-show discussion, I was joined by Lewis, Sayer and Shields as well as fellow cast members Nancy Zamit and Dave Hearn (also founding Mischief company members who’ve helped originate all the productions), Roxy Faridany and Laurence Pears.
Event photography by Anthony Kelly.