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MASTER OF THE MACABRE at The Vaults Theatre

Master of the MacabreThe Vaults will play host this autumn to Master of the Macabre with newly discovered magical talent Benedict Barber bringing his story to the stage – in a script developed by Barber and Matthew Stradling. Directed by Tony Middleton, the production opens on 13 October, with previews from 7 October, and runs past Hallowe’en to 1 November.

Benedict Barber is a magician with a taste for the ghoulish and grisly.

In Master of the Macabre, he will take the audience on a dark autobiographical journey – from his introduction to magic at the age of just five through the trickery he employed at school to alarm his fellow pupils and terrorize his teachers to a shocking experience as a young adult that has shaped his life both on and off the stage.

This fully immersive theatrical experience will leave you wide-eyed with astonishment and bring you to the edge of your seat with fear. If you’re prepared to have your prejudices challenged, your assumptions questioned, your beliefs shaken and your nerves shredded then this is the show for you.

Master of the Macabre is – quite simply – the most terrifying magic show you will ever see…

Warning – the show is only suitable for ages 15 and up.

Benedict Barber is one of Britain’s most exciting new talents, he has honed his particular brand of dark, twisted magic on the streets of London and Master of the Macabre will be his first stage show.

Matthew Stradling is a writer and film producer. A graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme, he runs Triple S Films – the production company behind Pimp featuring Danny Dyer, Billy Boyd and Barbara Nedeljakova. Following a cinema release in 2010, the film had a successful home entertainment release in the UK and internationally. Triple S Films have supernatural thriller The Haunting in post-production, as well as a number of other film projects in development including Highgate Vampire with Geoffrey Wright (Romper Stomper with Russell Crowe and Macbeth with Sam Worthington) attached to direct.

Tony Middleton is a magician and theatre director. Following sell out runs at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and Hotel Russell, his show The Magic Hour plays every week at Grand Royale London Hyde Park, and received the 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Middleton has also appeared on ITV’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us with Chris Dugdale who consults on the production. He has directed magic shows at Riverside Studios, Leicester Square Theatre, Theatre by the Lake, and Assembly. His latest production Sleightly Dishonest, with Assembly, plays at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has also been involved in producing magic shows overseas in Amsterdam and Sweden, has been engaged for magic consultancy by Theatre Rites, Nottingham Playhouse, Hampstead Theatre and lectured on illusion at Nottingham Trent University.

The Vaults Theatre
Entrance on Launcelot Street, London SE1 7AD
Tues-Sun 7.30pm & Sat mat at 2.30pm
Prices: £10-£29.50
Preview performance 7 October – all tickets £10
Tuesday performances – all tickets £15
Wednesday- Sunday Performances – all tickets £29.50


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