Groundhog Day on Broadway

A brand new Tim Minchin musical, based on the cult movie Groundhog Day,  has started performances at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway. Paul Kieve has collaborated with 7 of his Matilda creative team to create some magical time jumping moments.  The London press said:

There are some superb illusions courtesy of Paul Kieve  The Evening Standard

Paul Kieve adds to the theatricality with excellent illusions  Michael Billington, The Guardian

Props to the whole creative team, including illusionist Paul Kieve, for achieving the effect of Phil’s constantly resetting days via a multitude of coups de théâtre.   Andrzej Lukowski Time Out

Kieve’s sleight-of-hand abilities to propel Andy Karl’s Phil Connors through different stage locations in the same number is amazingMark Shenton, The Stage

Paul Kieve is responsible for some staggering effects.  Paul Bailey, The Age

Astonishing stage magic (impressive illusions by Paul Kieve).  Broadway



Matilda The Musical celebrates 5 years in West End!

West End Matilda wins Evening Standard Drama award for Best New Musical!

The RSC’s production of MATILDA THE MUSICAL has celebrated over 5 years in the West End, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and featuring magic effects by Paul Kieve.

“The best pieces of musical theatre come from great collaborations – the right people being in the right place at the right time – with each ingredient complementing the other. Composer/lyricist Tim Minchin, librettist Dennis Kelly, director Matthew Warchus, choreographer Peter Darling, . designer Rob Howell and illusionist Paul Kieve have done more than preserved the spirit and mischievousness of Roald Dahl’s classic tale – they have created a fresh and intelligent family entertainment that brings joy to both adults and children”  The Stage, Nov 25 2011

***** The Times    **** The Guardian   ***** The Independent   *****Daily Mail *****  Daily Express







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Zorro in Shanghai

Zorro the musical

‘following on from succesful seasons in Paris. The Netherlands, Moscow, Tokyo and London, Paul supervised the magic on the Asian premiere of ‘Zorro – The Musical’ with music by the Gypsy Kings. The show opened at the Centre for Orient Arts,Shanghai

Ruddigore (Opera North) UK Tour

Opera North’s acclaimed production of Ruddigore, by Gilbert and Sullivan, is currently touring the UK, and coming to The Barbican Centre in November. Paul was called in to assist  on one of the most famous Ghost scenes of all, when the framed portraits of generations of  Murgatroyd family  come to life.. Conducted by the highly talented and dapper conductor John Wilson.

Scrooge The Musical on UK tour

Scrooge – The Musical – the original London Palladium production – is on tour once again, starring Tommy Steele, with dazzling magic effects by Paul Kieve. Leslie Bricusse’s spectacular musical extravaganza Scrooge is a heart-warming family story based on Charles Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol’.

“With stunning sets and costumes, , and a fantastic musical score, featuring the Oscar-nominated hit Thank You Very Much, Scrooge is this season’s unmissable smash hit musical for all the family”

21 – 26 Nov 2011:  M.K. Theatre  Milton Keynes

28 Nov – 2 Dec 2011:  Theatre Royal Glasgow

5 – 10 Dec 2011:  Empire Theatre Liverpool

12 Dec 2011 – 7 Jan 2012:  Lowry Theatre Salford

9 – 14 Jan  2012:  New Theatre Oxford


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Ghost The Musical

Following a sell-out run at the Manchester Opera House, GHOST opened at the Piccadilly Theatre on 24th June 2011.

Paul has created some totally innovative effects to bring the famous 1990 movie onto the stage. (more…)



Matilda (music by Tim Minchin) based on the book by Roald Dahl with magic effects by Paul Kieve. After a sell-out run in Stratford Upon AvonThis smash hit RSC 5 star musical is transferring into London’s West End later in the year – watch this space for more details.


Scrooge coverage in the USA

The US tour of the musical Scrooge starring Richard Chamberlain generated a lot of interest in Paul’s work. This extract is from “Scrooge brings star appeal and ghostly magic to PAC by Steven Hyden in The Post Crescent“, 14 November 2004.

The man responsible for much of this is Paul Kieve, a British illusionist who recently acted as magic consultant for the film “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” He designed magical illusions for the film, and taught stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson some tricks of the trade. Kieve is behind the sleight of hand that makes the seasonal supernatural activity in “Scrooge” seem plausible. (more…)

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Scrooge The Musical

Scrooge The Musical with Tommy Steele

Scrooge The Musical with Tommy Steele

Scroooge – the musical, by Leslie Bricusse, 1993 – 2004, played a total of four extensive national tours as well as a sell-out Christmas season at the Dominion Theatre in the West End. There were also versions in Australia, The Netherlands and a US tour starring Dr Kildare himself Richard Chamberlain.

Paul Kieve’s extensive work in the show involved the highly acclaimed appearances and disappearances of the ghosts.

The latest tour in 2003/4 starred Tommy Steele in the title role and played to packed houses around the country – the Illusions being one of the highlights repeatedly singled out in reviews.


Our House

OUR HOUSE by Tim Firth. Directed by Matthew Warchus. Music by Madness. Cambridge Theatre 2002/3. Winner of Olivier Award for Best New Musical. The “sliding doors” style narrative required the lead actor to be seemingly in two places at once. The many instant quick changes resulted in a Guinness World Record for Paul, the director and star of the show for the most number of costume changes by a lead in a musical.

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