Houdini's Greatest Escape

New Old Friends in association with Yvonne Arnaud Theatre present

Houdini's Greatest Escape

A physical comedy thriller


Join us for the World Premiere of this new production at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, before it embarks on a national tour.

Harry Houdini is the world’s greatest entertainer. 

Just as his death-defying escapology stunts have him, and his wife Bess, on the cusp of a career-defining performance for King Edward, he finds himself framed for murder by a gang of criminals in cahoots with the chief of police.

Can Harry & Bess escape the plot and clear their names?

And how is their rival, The Superstar Spiritualist medium, involved?

All will be revealed in this hilarious 39 Steps-esque thriller, played out in New Old Friends’ (Crimes on Centre Court) inimitable, award-winning style of physical comedy, sparkling wit and just a touch of chaos.

Featuring a hard-working cast of four playing multiple roles on an almost harder-working set, this show will have you laughing and gasping throughout at the magic of theatre and the ‘real’ magic of illusions designed by TV’s Pete Firman (BBC One’s The Magicians).

On New Old Friend's previous shows:

Celebrations of theatricality… low budget aplomb worthy of The 39 Steps

The Times


The Stage


The Bath Chronicle

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Amazing Savings - Advance Tickets
Advance Tickets from £12.50

Tickets from £23
Concessions from £13

The following concessions apply on standard tickets:

  • Students & Under 25s
  • Job Seekers & Universal Credit recipients
  • Pension Credit recipients
  • Access

The following discounts apply on standard tickets:

  • Groups & Schools / Members

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Venue: Main House

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours, including a 20 minute interval.

Show Times

Thu 8 - Sat 10 Feb 2024

Thu - Sat Evenings, 7.30pm

Sat Matinee, 2.30pm


To book accessible tickets and discuss your access requirements, please contact our Box Office.
For more info on Accessibility, click here.

Advisory Info

Ages 10+