Original Chinese Conjuror, The

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About the Show Less...

The extravagant true story of William Robinson, whose onstage death brought to an end a brilliant magic career and an extraordinary subterfuge. Read More >

I saw a real Chinese guy do this stuff better
I saw him make a goldfish appear
You should have been there!
There were costumes and dragons
And a tiny Pekinese juggler
He was a wonderful Chinese Conjuror!

For years William Robinson had conned British audiences into believing he was a more exotic figure than proved the case.

Young composer Raymond Yiu and his librettist, magician Lee Warren, draw on vaudeville, magic and musical theatre to tell this extraordinary story. Former Chichester Festival Director Martin Duncan (How To Get Ahead In Business…) directs a versatile cast of singing actors and opera singers.

Produced by Aldeburgh Almeida Opera. Commissioned and developed with the generous support of the Genesis Foundation

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 01/07/2006

Closing Night: 07/07/2006

Running time: 1h

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Cast & Creative


Andrew Watts, Richard Morris, Sophie Louise Dann, Paul Leonard


Director - Martin Duncan

Designer - Francis O'Connor

Lighting Designer - Chris Ellis

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