Leading local promoter Showtime Management has announced that after record breaking runs in New York, London and Asia, the ‘Illusionists Direct from Broadway’ will be in South Africa for the first time ever, opening at GrandWest on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, for a limited season ending on Sunday, February 11. The show will then move to Montecasino’s Teatro from Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, to March 11.
The spectacular showcases the talents of seven of the most lauded illusionists on earth. The Illusionists have shattered box office records across the globe and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of some of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.
Local audiences will witness “stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mindreading, and disappearance.” This group of world class performers take their cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past such as Harry Houdini and pair it with a new and updated contemporary aesthetic, whose set and costumes design lend the genre theatricality and artistry that has rarely been seen before. Collectively these performers have been seen by millions of people around the world and this production showcases their talents together on stage for the first time.
Critics and audiences across the globe have stared with jaw-dropping amazement. Australian media best sum up the show as: “It’s deliciously, self-knowingly over the top and brain-bendingly spectacular – genuinely satisfying family entertainment that should not be missed.” So says the Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, while Australian Stage rates the show, “Incredible, astounding, amusing, mystifying, perplexing and challenging – all in all this is a magical mystery tour de force. Be prepared to be amazed!”
With the conclusion of the 2016 – 2017 season ‘The Illusionists Direct from Broadway’ holds the record as the highest grossing show in a single week at the Marquis and Neil Simon Theatres (Broadway), the Shaftesbury Theatre (West End), the Sydney Opera House (Sydney, AUS), the Arts Centre Melbourne (Melbourne, AUS), and the Auditorio Nacional (Mexico City, MEX). Creative producer Simon Painter said, “Everyone at The Illusionists is thrilled to be coming to South Africa. 2017 proved to be an amazing year for the production and we are excited to keep that momentum going.”
* Tickets are on sale at Computicket.