Conversations with Penn & Teller - London dates announced for December 2011

Posted: 3rd August 2011
Penn & Teller

After first appearing in our green unpleasant land in the late eighties, Penn & Teller soon disappeared back to the vast skies of home, preferring instead to appear in a huge number of US TV shows and undertake a phenomenally successful (and long) Las Vegas residency. And who wouldn't.

The illusionists and comedians have been appearing at the Rio Hotel and Casino six nights a week for a decade, with only short breaks for touring and recording. If anything, Penn & Teller got too big for the UK; their audience was on Broadway, in Vegas, on Letterman and in Springfield (they've appeared in The Simpsons twice).

When the duo first popped-up on Channel 4 twenty years ago, their dark, gory 'alternative' comedy fitted well with the network's challenging remit. Two decades after Penn & Teller's antics were scheduled post-watershed on a channel (then) perceived as something of a liberal arty luxury, they were reborn as the family entertainment of choice on prime time Saturday mainstream telly with 2011 ITV show 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.

Admittedly, the programme is more of a talent magic show than a Penn & Teller showcase, with contestants attempting to fool the two stars with their own sleight of hand and trickery. Any able to hoodwink the Americans are rewarded with a trip to Vegas where they will open a night of Penn & Teller's residency at the Rio.

All of which means that Penn & Teller are bigger than ever. Last summer's short residency at the Hammersmith Apollo was a success and they're returning to London with two more gigs this winter. The new show, titled 'Conversations with Penn & Teller - 35 Years of Magic and Bullshit', is described as an 'evening of candid discussion, audience Q&A, video clips and some classic Penn & Teller tricks performed live'.

The pair will be appearing at the IndigO2 on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December. We will have tickets for both nights when they go on sale at 9AM on Friday 5th August, priced from £27.50 to £33.50.

They will sell out before you can say 'you can see the wires'.

Stewart Darkin