Review by David Munro
INFAMOUS TV magician, Derren Brown, is to bring his new stage
show to Londons West End for a limited two-week season,
from June 7.
Derren Brown Live will captivate audiences at the 1,400-seat
Palace Theatre, which was recently vacated by Les
Miserables after 18 years.
It will also precede the world premiere of Sir Andrew Lloyds
Webbers eagerly-anticipated The
Woman in White, starring Michael Crawford, which will be hoping
to pull off its own magic during a packed autumn/winter season.
Browns London dates will follow a two-month UK-wide tour,
which will have visited 40 different venues by the time it concludes
in Belfast, on May 16.
The charismatic magician, most famous for staging a game of Russian
roulette on live television last year, was originally trained
as a lawyer, before starting his performing career in cafes and
His breakthrough came in 1999, when Channel 4 asked him to put
a show together, for television, and the show which resulted,
entitled Mind Control, became an instant hit, spawning several
A new series, Derren Brown: Trick of the Mind, is scheduled to
begin on Channel 4 on April 23 - paving the way nicely for his
West End dates (which are expected to be sell-outs).
Brown prefers to think of himself as a psychological illusionist
rather than a magician or mind-reader, and is quoted as describing
his craft as a mixture of applied psychology, magic, misdirection