“It’s a matter of perception. The hands of time turn at the same speed for everyone. Yet a child waits what seems to be an eternity for summer, whilst an old man watches a year pass in the blinking of an eye”
In 1984, as the France vs Yugoslavia match unfolds on TV, a man meets a woman in a Parisian café. He is returning a bag that she lost on the Paris Métro, but he doesn’t reveal he stole it… Instead, he tells her the story of Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin, watchmaker, inventor, and master magician of the 19th century. Together they set out to find a vanished theatre beneath a bank vault in the Boulevard des Italiens, to break into a museum in the Trocadero, to uncover the mystery of the Mechanical Turk, to witness the birth of the kinetograph… and to delve ever deeper into the art of illusion.
Alexis Michalik’s acclaimed play won three Molière Awards when it premiered in Paris in 2014 where it is still playing. A Franco-British actor, writer and director, his other plays include
Le Porteur d’histoire, Edmond and Intra Muros.
Tom Jackson Greaves is a director and choreographer whose recent work has included Whistle down the Wind and The Jungle Book (Watermill).
Wed 25 Jan 2023
Captioned in house by Hampstead Theatre
Art of Illusion
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