On Wednesday night, we went to the Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos to see a magic show. I am not normally into this sort of thing but I had included the information in my July Things to Do so knew it was happening and when Ulla said she would like to go I agreed that it would be very different and asked her to go ahead and book. The tickets were only €10 and the show was to be delivered in English as well as Spanish, which was a bonus, although I guessed that being an illusionist it would be easy enough to follow no matter what the language.
When we arrived at 8.45pm the cafe at the front of the Auditorio was crowded with theatre lovers of all ages. It reminded me of when we lived in the UK and used to be regularly visitors of the New Victoria in Woking and the Theatre Royal Windsor. We rarely went to Yvonne Arnaud in Guildford, as the patrons were so snobby they used to annoy me – you would think they put on better performances than the other local theatres when in fact they were exactly the same! Still I digress; the Auditorio Infanta Leonor is new, it opened in March 2011 and wherever you sit you get an excellent view of the stage, the seats are large and comfy and the sound very clear. It puts on an eclectic mix of plays from visiting theatre companies as well as popular music concerts, traditional Canarian folk groups, shows for children and even classical concerts so there is something for all tastes and to top it all the prices are always very reasonable.
We enjoyed The Magic of Sandro Nerilli, he was good, a couple of his card tricks we had seen before but his illusions were superb. I particularly liked where the assistant was suspended in mid air. Initially she looked as if she was balancing on probably a glass table but then she fell limp when it appeared she was pierced through by a sword. Shouldn´t try and analyse too much, just enjoy.
It was also very clever when Sandro was tied up and somehow managed to change clothes with a member of the audience. Talking of which, I have never ever been in a theatre where the audience where almost fighting to take part in the show. In the UK most people look around saying Oh God don´t pick me, but the Spanish just love it and were all waving their arms shouting me, me, so there were plenty of volunteers. The finale of the show came when the magician filled the whole auditorium with snow, it was quite magical and Ulla and I had a lovely evening being swept away by the illusion and charisma of Sandro Nerilli. If you are on holiday in July this show will be performed each Wednesday so you still have time to catch it and in my opinion it is a great couple of hours entertainment.
Unlike the rest of the audience I didn´t take a camera as I didn´t think taking photos would be allowed but guess what, they were all snapping away and unfortunately the only images I am left with are those taken from a Google search so whoever they belong to I hope you don’t mind me borrowing them.