THE Haymarket in Basingstoke is to stage a thrilling production centred on the world-renowned magician, Harry Houdini, from May 9 to 11, beginning at 7.30pm.

The plot follows Houdini and his wife Bess, as they prepare for a career-defining performance for King Edward, only to be wrongfully accused of murder – a plot orchestrated by criminals and the police chief.

Audiences are promised a night filled with sparkling wit, physical comedy and a touch of chaos, as they watch the famed escapologist attempt to clear his name. These performances are brought by New Old Friends, known for their award-winning style and worked on by a dedicated team of four performers.

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Besides the plot, audiences can look forward to an array of illusions designed by TV's Pete Firman, notable for his work on BBC One's The Magicians.

Ticket prices are set at £26, with matinee tickets for £25. Discounts apply for over 65's, under 25's, full-time students and group bookings.

Tickets can be purchased at the Anvil Arts box office (01256 844244) or online.