Although J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World is still on a temporary hiatus at London’s magnificent Palace Theatre (with the multi-Olivier Award-winning Harry Potter and the Cursed Child currently set to return to the venue from 14 October 2021), magic is still alive and well and #BackOnStage in the heart of the West End thanks to Wonderville!
Last night Megan and I attended a special gala performance of the show, celebrating the best of modern day Britain’s magicians and illusionists, and we are still scratching our heads about how the jaw-dropping tricks and stunts are actually accomplished. The ensemble piece features mind-reading superstar Chris Cox (read our Tell Us In 10 with the Mentalist himself here) and Josephine Lee, the world’s leading female illusionist, alongside comic duo Young and Strange, the utterly charming Magic Circle Champion Edward Hilsum and mesmerizing variety act Amazi (who alternates with Symoné at each performance). As an extra special treat last night, we were awed and inspired by guest performer, “Britain’s Got Talent” standout and Hull’s finest Kat Hudson, who was once complimented by BGT judge Alesha Dixon for being so “normal”… Luckily, her act is anything but!
Check out our #BackOnStage experience in the video below!
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Wonderville is an entertaining mix of nostalgia and cutting edge pioneering, bringing diverse acts together in an evening (or matinee) that never feels too ‘old school.’ Although the West End will always boast the best of plays and musical theatre, this production shows that magic always deserves a place at the table and, in this case, truly quenches the thirst of all us muggles until the doors to Hogwarts finally reopen. The limited run is currently scheduled to close on 30 August 2021.
PLUS, Wonderville is available in Kids Week, where children aged 17 and under can see theatre with their families for less!