01 Jul 2006 - 07 Jul 2006

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

Tickets £6 - £18

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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.

Dates & Tickets

Cast & Creatives

Cast Sophie Louise Dann, Paul Leonard, Richard Morris, Phillip Sutton, Andrew Watts

Music Raymond Yiu
Text Lee Warren
Music Direction Tim Redmond

Almeida Ensemble
Direction Martin Duncan
Design Francis O'Connor
Light Chris Ellis