Monday, 1 June 2015

Review: James Freedman - Man Of Steal at Trafalgar Studios

James Freedman: Man Of Steal
Trafalgar Studios
Reviewed on Friday 29th May 2015

Following a run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, pickpocket extraordinaire James Freedman has transferred his show Man Of Steal to the West End. I've never seen anything like it; Man Of Steal is a piece of factual entertainment, it’s just as impressive as a magic show but the experience is also remarkably educational.

Freedman has carefully structured Man Of Steal; from the off it's clear that he knows his stuff and is at the top of his game. Throughout the show Freedman offers an insight into the mind of a pickpocket and takes us through all the major dos and don'ts - things such as "don't keep valuables in your back pocket" and "always protect your pin" sound so basic, yet many hands were raised into the air as Freedman surveyed the audience throughout.

Man Of Steal also ventures into the cyber world of privacy; there are some shocking moments and bits of advice I will certainly be taking on board.

Man Of Steal works so well as Freedman brings heart and humanity to proceedings by delving into his real life experiences and explaining how he came to be one of the world’s greatest pickpocket entertainers. Volunteers are brought up onstage throughout the evening. On press night they were all good sports - Freedman works with his audience well, performing with warmth and quick wit.

Featuring jaw-dropping revelations and fascinating advice, Man Of Steal is a show like no other. Freedman successfully makes learning fun, leaving his audience blown away and far more streetwise. 

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

James Freedman: Man Of Steal runs at Trafalgar Studios until 4th July 2015.
Please visit for further information and tickets.

Photo Credit: Jack Sain 

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