Houdini by Stuart Brennan
To be the greatest, you have to be prepared to sacrifice everything.
Harry Houdini was the greatest performer who ever lived, but fame and fortune do not come free. For his brother Theo and his wife Bess, the price may have been too high. This intricate look inside the gripping life story of Houdini explores the devastation that is reaped by ambition, love and jealousy.
Witness the birth of a star. Marvel at his death-defying feats. Prepare to be amazed. Discover the legend. Believe in the magic.
Season: August - October 2013
Performance Venues: Stoke-on-Trent Repertory Theatre, Blackpool Grand Theatre, Swansea Grand, Theatre Royal Windsor, Gaiety Theatre Dublin.
Producers: Stuart Brennan & Peter J Snee
Director: Peter J Snee
Assistant Director: Preece Killick
Set Designer: Mike Adams
Lighting Designer: HSL
Sound Designer: Daffyd Gough
Illusion Consultant: Andrew Van Buren
Peter had the pleasure of working with WETA Workshop to develop stage concepts for this production.
Click here to view a larger version of WETA's digital script interpretations.
Harry Houdini: Jamie Nichols
Bess Houdini: Evanna Lynch
Theodore Houdini: Stuart Brennan
Martin Beck: Mark Lyminster
Douglas Geoffrey: Ion Ridge
Charlie Chaplin: Mark Paul Wake
Ensemble: Javan Hirst, Sophie Wright, Michael Chase, Kieran Joyce, Sarah Dungworth
Photography credit: Thiery Sewel et al