The Mysterious Gentleman at The Courtyard

Thursday 7 September 2017

London Fringe - Magic/ illusion - Shows

Jarek Adams' play The Mysterious Gentleman, exploring the question of what lies beyond death, told through the life of mercurial magician JN Maskelyne and with stage magic, opens on Halloween 2017.
The Mysterious Gentleman at the Courtyard Theatre

Image: Partners in Mischief; Off the Cliff Theatre

Looking for something a bit different for this Halloween?

Well, this production from Partners in Mischief Productions and Off The Cliff Theatre may be right up your street ...

Following on from a critically acclaimed run at the Playhouse Theatre in Cheltenham, Jarek Adams' play The Mysterious Gentleman, explores the eternal question of what lies beyond death, and is told through the life story of mercurial magician JN Maskelyne.

The show incorporates stage magic, and will play at the Courtyard Theatre, opening on Halloween 2017 and running through until 18 November.

John Nevil Maskelyne was known as the father of modern magic in the Victorian era, building his career on challenging fraudulent spiritualists and charlatans as well as creating magical illusions that amazed Victorian audiences, and still astonish people today.

(Incidentally, Mr Maskelyne was also the inventor of the modern 'pay toilet'!)

A man of contradictions, the play explores his human desire to break through to those in the afterlife whilst clinging to his scientific belief that it was not possible.

He also insisted that all he did onstage was clever illusion, whilst encouraging people to believe the myth about his powers being granted by a mysterious gentleman.

But why did he explore dark magic?

Were his powers supernatural?

And who was the mysterious gentleman in black?

He died in 1917, and will return to the stage in 2017.

Here's the trailer ...

About the producers

Partners in Mischief Productions is a creative partnership between writer Jarek Adams and actor Andrew Thorn.

They build teams with specialized skills to produce the plays they want to create.

Partners in Mischief Productions, for The Mysterious Gentlemen, are collaborating with Kasia Rozycki of Off The Cliff Theatre.

Jarek Adams has produced a long list of educational plays that have toured nationally and internationally.

She has received funding from the Arts Council for a number of projects, including 'The Mysterious Gentleman', 'The Secret Life of Dads' and the 'Scriptorium' playwrights development project.

Her first two novels both hit the Amazon (paid for) best seller charts on their release, and she is currently working on a sequel to Brighton Sucks, which will be the second of her Brighton trilogy.


Andrew Thorn as John Nevil Maskelyne

Dave Short as George Cooke

Josh Harper as Nevil Maskelyne


Playwright: Jarek Adams

Director: Kasia Rozycki

Producers: Partners in Mischief Productions & Off The Cliff Theatre


The Courtyard - Main House

40 Pitfield Street

London N1 6EU


31 October to 18 November 2017


£14; £11 concessions

Buy tickets for The Mysterious Gentleman at the Courtyard Theatre


The Courtyard Theatre

Partners in Mischief Productions

Off The Cliff Theatre

ActDrop listing for The Mysterious Gentleman

JN Maskelyne - Wikipedia

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