Erik Weisz was one of the most famous fellas around at the start of the 20th century.
What’s that? You haven’t heard of him? Understandable for it’s not the name the world knew him by.
Try Harry Houdini instead, the moniker a young Erik came up with when he began a lifelong career of escapology and daring feats.
Houdini, or Weisz for the traditionalists, was born in Budapest in 1874 but grew up in America, began performing at an early age, and found fame on a tour of Europe when he challenged different police forces to try to keep him locked up.
He extended his repertoire to include being bound in chains, on ropes slung from skyscrapers, put in straitjackets under water, and having to hold his breath inside a sealed milk can ... well, it beats a 9 to 5 office job I suppose.
The reason for all this? A new play called Houdini, described as “dramatic and darkly comic” is coming to the Grand. It is based on the life of the most iconic figures the world has ever seen.
Written by BAFTA award winning actor and film-maker Stuart Brennan, it has an excellent cast – BAFTA Award winning actor Stuart Brennan as Theo (Harry Houdini’s Brother), Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch as Bess (Harry Houdini’s wife) and Jamie Nichols as Harry Houdini.
Houdini has been praised for a “dynamic script, sharply drawn characters and breath-taking live stunts”.
“Harry Houdini was the greatest performer who ever lived, but to be the greatest you have to be prepared to sacrifice everything, “ said Brennan.
“This play is an intricate look inside his gripping life story and I think it has a wide appeal because of its extraordinary subject matter.”
It is on at The Grand from September 16 to Saturday 21. Tickets are £12-£24 for evening shows, £10-£12 for matinees. Go to www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or call the box office on 01253 290 190.
Meanwhile – and this may well appeal to women of a certain age – the Osmond Brothers return to The Grand on Sunday night to appear live in the all new American Jukebox Show.
The Osmonds are unique in their success as a band and as solo performers. They have recorded over 200 albums, sold over 100 million copies with 59 gold and platinum recordings.
This show features all their hits‐together with a jukebox full of chart topping classics.
Tickets from www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk