Welsh stage play A Regular Little Houdini has been touring the UK for years, but has only been shown stateside a handful of times during the Hollywood and San Diego Fringe Festival in back in 2016. In a couple months, the play will be coming back to the United States, making its New York City debut at 59E59 Theatres in December.
A Regular Little Houdini is a one man play written and performed by Daniel Llewelyn-Williams (EastEnders) and directed by Joshua Richards (Playing Burton), and features magic consulting by Soler Magic and Tom Silburn. It combines a working class tale in the Edwardian era with a variety of tricks and escapes inspired by the magic of the time, and has been hailed by The Stage as a “breathless yarn and a dynamic account of Welsh history.”
From the description on the play’s official website:
A one man play, set in Newport, South Wales at the turn of the last century, is a coming of age story. A lowly dockworker’s son idolises his hero, Harry Houdini, and commits himself to a life of magic, but the harsh reality of working class life in Edwardian Britain gets in the way.
As he trains himself to emulate his hero’s escapology on the industrial detritus, his parents struggle to come to terms with their son’s eccentricity. With a head full of magic, our boy witnesses the most terrifying events of British industrial history and his personal journey collides with the world’s greatest showman himself, changing his life and the future of his community.
How can you follow your dreams in a world where poverty weighs you down like mud? A beautiful play about hope and magic!
The show will run in a limited engagement from December 12 through December 31. Tickets can be purchased from 59E59 Theatres’ official website for $25 ($20 for members).