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London Premiere

Almeida Opera 2006 The Original Chinese Conjuror

A Musical Diversion Suggested By The Lives Of Chung Ling Soo - by Raymond Yiu and Lee Warren
Ticket prices: £6 - £18
Sat 1 Jul 2006 - Fri 7 Jul 2006


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! 

The Original Chinese Conjuror tells the extravagant true story of William Robinson, whose onstage death at the Wood Green Odeon in 1918 brough to an end a brilliant magic career and a remarkable subterfuge.

Young composer Raymond Yiu and his librettist, magician Lee Warren, draw on their fascination with vaudeville, magic and musical theatre to tell this extraordinary story.

Former Chicester Festival Director, Martin Duncan (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) directs a gifed ensemble of musical theatre actors and opera singers.

Music: Raymond Yiu

Text: Lee Warren

Cast: Sophie Louise Dann

         Paul Leonard

         Richard Morris

         Phillip Sutton

         Andrew Watts

Music Director: Tim Redmond

Almeida Ensemble

Director: Martin Duncan

Designer: Francis O'Connor

Lighting Designer: Chris Ellis

Arts Council England ASP Group