More acts line up for new West End variety show Wonderment: Magic & Illusion

The line-up of entertainers for the run of Wonderment: Magic & Illusion at London’s Palace Theatre this summer is now complete

Wonderment acts
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More acts have been revealed for the new variety show, Wonderment: Magic & Illusion, coming to London’s Palace Theatre this summer.

Young & Strange, Edward Hilsum and Maz Olayiwola and Symoné complete the line-up of performers joining the previously confirmed Chris Cox and Josephine Lee.

They will be supported by an ensemble made up of Louise Douglas, Annalisa Midolo, Lee Pratt and Mervin Noronha. Guests acts are still to be announced.

The Wonderment: Magic & Illusion shows will run from 16 July to 30 August 2021, promising to “bring variety performance in the West End bang up to date with performances from artists at the cutting edge of their crafts”.

Young & Strange are stage illusionists Richard Young and Sam Strange who are well known for their online video content as well as live performances including the world’s largest international touring magic show, Champions of Magic.

Magic entertainer Edward Hilsum starred alongside Young & Strange in Champions of Magic for five years and was part of the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. In 2020, he became the first person to win all three of The Magic Circle’s competitions and to hold all three titles at the same time.

Maz Olayiwola and Symoné are both acclaimed hula hoopers. Olayiwola, who has performed at the National Theatre and the Glastonbury Festival and on Children in Need, will appear from 16 to 26 July and 18 to 28 August. Symoné, who combines hula hooping with roller skating and dance with psychedelic style, will perform from 28 July to 16 August.

They join award-winning mind reader Chris Cox, who has sold out UK tours and runs at fringe festivals from Edinburgh to New Zealand, and illusionist Josephine Lee who took the magic world by storm after her appearance on Britain’s Got Talent.

Annabel Mutale Reed, director of Wonderment: Magic & Illusion, said: “It’s an absolute privilege to be creating Wonderment: Magic & Illusion with world-class performers who are bringing their greatest acts to the West End this summer.

“Audiences have been making memories at the Palace Theatre for 130 years and we are delighted to be filling its stage with a vibrant 2021 twist on an old-fashioned variety show. It is an exhilarating show that really has to be seen to be believed.”

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