'Mind Mangler' to open off Broadway in November

The founders of Mischief Theatre, the London company behind The Play That Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, present this comedy-meets-illusion show.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

This news is mind-boggling! Mind Mangler: A Night of Tragic Illusion, a new show from Mischief Theatre Company, will play a limited Off-Broadway run at New World Stages. Performances run from November 10 to March 3 only, with opening night on November 19.

Mischief co-founders Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields co-wrote this show about the Mind Mangler, an illusionist attempting to make his grand comeback after a two-night run at the Scranton, Pennsylvania, Holiday Inn Conference Center. But his new show, in which he will attempt to read minds, devolves into chaos.

Lewis and Sayer will co-star in the show, reprising their roles from Mind Mangler's 2022 premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a 2023 U.K. tour.

"We're thrilled to be taking over another theatre at New World Stages," said Lewis, Sayer and Shields. "Having two shows at the same theatre complex is amazing, and having three shows in New York in 2023 is simply unbelievable!"

Mind Mangler comes on the heels of Mischief's Peter Pan Goes Wrong, which premiered on Broadway earlier this year with Sayer, Lewis, and Shields; and joins The Play That Goes Wrong, which has run at New World Stages since 2019.

Hannah Sharkey directs Mind Mangler, which also features set design by Sara Perks, costume design by Roberto Surace, lighting design by David Howe, sound design by Helen Skiera, video design by Gillian Tan, magic consultation by Ben Hart, and original music by Steve Brown.

Check back for Mind Mangler tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

Photo credit: Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer. (Photo by Pamela Raith Photography)

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