Preview: Impossible, Edinburgh Playhouse

Do you believe in magic? No? Well, if you head along to the Edinburgh Playhouse later this week to see their latest show then you might just change your mind.

Fresh from its ground-breaking run at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End, Impossible brings together some of the world’s best illusionists for a fast-paced show that fuses death-defying stunts, technological trickery and grand illusions with up-close magic tricks.

Starring TV Escapologist Jonathan Goodwin, Cirque du Soleil’s Lee Thompson, grand illusionist Josephine Lee and star of BBC Three’s Killer Magic show Chris Cox, the dazzling Vegas-like production promises to be unlike anything ever staged at the theatre before.

Directed by Anthony Owen, the multi-award winning producer and consultant behind The Real Hustle and all of Derren Brown’s Channel 4 TV shows since 2000, Impossible was the first major magic show to be staged in London’s West End for 25 years. The Edinburgh dates are part of the show’s inaugural UK tour, which has also featured performances in Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham and Newcastle.

Impossible will also feature levitation from Ben Hart, who was named as Young Magician of the Year by the Magic Circle when he was just 16. In 2013, Hart performed his popular one-man show, The Outsider, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Described as ‘the most dangerous show the UK has ever seen’, Impossible will cast it’s spell over The Edinburgh Playhouse tomorrow night and will run until Saturday, 19 March. Tickets are available from

Impossible, Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Edinburgh, Tuesday 15 March – Saturday 19 March 2016, 7.30pm (matinee performances at 2.30pm on Satruday 19 March), from £16.90, 0844 871 3014.

 Words: Amy Anderson