New End set to make you an offer you can't refuse

Preview by Paul Nelson

HAVING completely been sold out during a previous limited run at the New End, An Audience With The Mafia returns for an extended season with enhanced special effects and an even more spectacular arsenal of weapons.

A roller coaster ride through the history of the Mafia, from its birth in America a century ago, through Prohibition and the Mafia wars of the Roaring Twenties, to the creation of modern day Las Vegas by The Mob and its subsequent influence in all avenues of contemporary American life, from business and politics to entertainment and sport.

Using a backdrop of hundreds of original photographs of the period and a stunning arsenal of weapons, several notorious Mafia 'hits' are re-staged by one of the world's surviving authorities on the history of the American Mafia and its influence on organised crime throughout the 20th Century.

You will meet legendary gangsters Al Capone (pictured), 'Lucky' Luciano, Meyer Lansky, 'Bugsy' Siegel, 'Dutch' Schultz - not forgetting Murder Incorporated, the elite squad of Jewish assassins employed by the Mafia in the 1930s.

In 1994, the Linguistics Division of the United Nations conducted an experiment to find the most recognised word in the world, a word that is spelt the same, sounds the same, and has the same meaning across the Globe. Three universities were hired and almost 600 languages and lexicons were downloaded into a Kray Supercomputer. One word emerged - Mafia.

An Audience With the Mafia has already been staged to great acclaim across the UK and USA as well as to the Italian anti-Mafia police, the Militeria Financia.

It is directed by Simon Langton, whose credits include the television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, one of the biggest selling videos for the BBC.

An Audience With The Mafia, Directed by Simon Langton, Presented by Barrie C Stead Productions in association with Brian Daniels and the New End Theatre at The New End Theatre, 27 New End, Hampstead, London NW3 from Monday, March 10 to Thursday, April 3, Monday to Thursday and Saturday at 8.15pm, Sundays at 6 and 8.15pm. Extra show Saturdays at 10.15pm. Tickets: 020 7794 0022.