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James Freedman: Man Of Steal

Published 1 June 2015

What’s it all about?

*Breaks glass for emergency cliché*

James Freedman: Man Of Steal is a theatrical rollercoaster, not because you run through a gamut of emotions, but because it scares you witless while you remain safe(ish) in your seat.

In 70 minutes, the ‘honest thief’ uses the patter of a showman and the style of an illusionist to lay bare how easy it is for an unscrupulous type to empty your pockets, your bank account and much else.

Who’s in it?

One man crime spree Freedman. He’s the type of man you would not be overly concerned about meeting down a dark alley. If you did encounter him in such surroundings, he’d probably relieve you of all your worldly possessions before you realised you’d left the main road…

… except he wouldn’t, because despite having all the know-how to be a successful Bond villain, he has a very clear moral code.

What should I look out for?

The beautifully choreographed demonstration of nimble finger training that blends the grace of ballet with the wonder of illusion.

The finale, which I can say nothing about by request of the show, but is so striking that it could and should be genuinely life-changing.

Anyone and everyone standing anywhere hear you from now on.

Who was in the press night crowd?

The Trafalgar Studio 1 was packed with musical theatre types, among them Michael Xavier, John Owen Jones, Samantha Barks, Mathew Seadon Young and Leon Lopez. Maybe it’s an Oliver! thing.

In a nutshell?

Part lecture, part life-lesson, teetering towards magic and always hugely entertaining, James Freedman: Man Of Steal will change the way you live your life.

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Will I like it?

In the words of The Rock (circa 2000), it doesn’t matter! This show can change your life and save your wallet. A bold claim, I know, but Freedman’s revelations are more eye opening than a forceful optician.

BUT, it’s also wonderfully entertaining as Freedman blends biographical titbits to explain his criminal obsession with true stories, tips and a dash of stage magic.

James Freedman: Man Of Steel plays at the Trafalgar Studio 1 until 4 July. You can book tickets through us here.

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