Derren Brown: Svengali - Shaftesbury Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
FOLLOWING a 73 date national tour, Derren Brown will bring his new show Svengali to the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre, where it runs from June 8 to July 16, 2011.
Brown, who professes to love writing and performing on stage more than anything else, promises Londoners an evening of mind-melting based around audience participation.
“More than that I wouldn’t want to say”, he says. “I ask audiences to keep the contents of the show a secret so as not to spoil it for others, and I have to do the same. But I hope it’s fun and freaky and a great night out”.
On stage as well as on TV, Brown has delighted audiences with his unique brand of intelligent and theatrical entertainment. His Mind Control, Trick of the Mind, Trick or Treat and Events programmes have garnered rave reviews and awards. His specials have provoked much controversy and acclaim and further consolidated his reputation as a performer prepared to constantly challenge and break boundaries.
Not only has he received much praise for his best-selling books, Tricks of the Mind and Confessions of a Conjuror, he has also enjoyed considerable success in America, when his show Derren Brown: Mind Control, was screened on NBC’s Sci-Fi Channel.
In January 2011, Channel 4 celebrated ten years of Derren Brown on TV with Behind The Mischief, an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary, followed by the best ever Derren Brown special as chosen by his fans online.
Derren Brown: Svengali will be directed by Polly Findlay and designed by Will Bowen, with lighting by Matt Eagland and sound by Colin Pink.
Tickets: £50 to £25 + Booking fees – available on 020 7379 5399.
NB: The performance is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.