Lance Corporal Richard Jones, stole the hearts of the nation when he was crowned the first ever magician to win Britain’s Got Talent last month. He is now set to will guest star in the return of West End magic show IMPOSSIBLE at the Noël Coward Theatre from 8 July – 27 August. As previously announced, Impossible returns to London this summer, following its acclaimed West End season last year. The show features the world’s greatest illusionists including Josephine Lee, Sabine Van Diemen, Magical Bones, Jonathan Goodwin, Ben Hart and Chris Cox. Press Night: Wednesday 13 July, 7pm.
Lance Corporal Richard Jones rose to stardom in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, where he stunned the judges and audiences alike with his captivating performances which included a stunning final performance that focused on Fergus Anckorn’s true and inspiration story of keeping up his comrades’ morale with magic as a POW during the Second World War.
Although Richard always enjoyed watching magic as a child, it wasn’t until he joined the army, aged 19, that he took it up, first performing in front of friends and family. After developing his act, Richard started putting on shows in front of his military comrades. Richard will now make his dreams come true by starring in the West End.
Richard’s magic is self-taught. He feels especially inspired by David Copperfield and Derren Brown, as Richard is particularly interested in mentalism, especially in the idea of subliminal influences and body language.
Lance Corporal Richard Jones says: “The past few weeks have been such a whirlwind! It is truly a dream come true to have won Britain’s Got Talent and now to be joining Impossible, in the heart of the West End, with such brilliant magicians. It is something I have always dreamt of.”
Jamie Hendry (Producer) says: “I’m delighted to welcome Richard Jones to Impossible as we return to the Noël Coward Theatre this summer. Having watched him wow the judges and audiences on Britain’s Got Talent, I knew he’d be a wonderful addition to our show and I’m delighted to make his dreams come true by casting him in a starring role in the West End!”
Audiences should prepare to be mesmerized and baffled as IMPOSSIBLE brings together world-class performers showing off a stunning range of magical artistry. Fusing death-defying stunts, technological trickery, grand stage illusions and close-up magic in a fast-paced breath-taking performance, IMPOSSIBLE reinvents the biggest illusions in history in the greatest magic show on earth.
Lance Corporal Richard Jones joins:
Magical Bones: South London street conjurer and break-dancing master Magical Bones is considered the world’s best hip-hop magician. Starting out in the music industry as a dancer for the likes of Madonna and the Black Eyed Peas Bones has since turned his attention to wowing the public with expert sleight-of- hand, and there’s no doubt the tricks up his sleeve will stump any seasoned skeptic.
Chris Cox: Clear your mind before award-winning mind reading specialist Chris Cox gets his hands on it! Chris stars in BBC3’s Killer Magic, bewildering audiences with his unique mind reading talent. He’s the man behind the magic at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck, he has flummoxed audiences including One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and Jonathan Ross on stages across the country and continues to control minds in his multi-award winning tour Fatal Distraction.
Sabine van Diemen: European star Sabine van Diemen has collaborated with some of the greatest illusionists in the world. She began her career in dance before delving into the world of magic and illusion where she has performed as Diva of Magic alongside names such as Hans Klok.
Jonathan Goodwin: Daredevil and Escapologist Jonathan Goodwin will have audiences on the edge of their seats as he dances with death on stage. After first appearing on Channel 4’s Dirty Tricks, Goodwin has brought his unique stunts to various TV specials including The Seven Stupidest Things to Escape From and How Not to Become Shark Bait! In his television series The Incredible Mr Goodwin, he pushes the limits of possibility with stunts that range from extreme planking to climbing skyscrapers.
Ben Hart: Ben invents unique magic which pushes the boundaries of film, theatre and television and tests the limits of illusion, including decapitation, vanishing and levitation. At the age of 16 he won the Magic Circle’s ‘Young Magician of the Year’ Award and his most recent show The Vanishing Boy sold-out to astonished audiences. He starred in BBC 3’s Killer Magic, where his unique and unorthodox approaches amazed audiences across the country and has recently been seen wowing BBC’s The Voice coaches.
Josephine Lee: Grand Illusionist Josephine Lee is one of the fastest in the business, breaking the world record for the most number of illusions performed in 5 minutes with the world-renowned Hans Klok – an accolade held to this day.
IMPOSSIBLE is produced by Jamie Hendry and Gavin Kalin Productions and is directed by Lloyd Wood with scenic design by Andrew D. Edwards, lighting design by Howard Harrison, video design by 59 Productions, sound design by Gareth Owen and music by Ryan Martin.
Noël Coward Theatre
St Martin’s Lane
London, WC2N 4AU
Friday 8 July – Saturday 27 August
Performances Times Mon – Sat 7:30pm
Tues & Sat matinees 3:00pm (first matinee is Saturday 16 July)
2 hours 30 mins
Age guidance: Impossible is recommended as being generally appropriate for ages 6+. As every child is different we encourage parents use their discretion to decide whether the show will be suitable for their children. Babes-in- arms are not admitted to the auditorium and all children must be old enough to occupy their own seats. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a valid ticket