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Something Wicked comes to the Cambridge Theatre



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING the success of last summer's Derren Brown Live, the controversial magician returns to the West End with a new show - Something Wicked This Way Comes, which opens at the Cambridge Theatre on May 31, 2005, for a limited period only - until June 18, 2005.

Brown, who trained as a lawyer, began his performing career in cafes and bars. His big break came in the Channel 4 show, Mind Control, in 1999. Several series later, a new series entitled Derren Brown: Trick of the Mind is airing on 4.

In October 2003, Brown provoked an international outcry when he staged a game of Russian roulette on live television. Nonetheless, the one-off programme attracted more than 3.3 million viewers in the UK.

Brown prefers to think of himself as a psychological illusionist rather than a magician - his craft a 'mixture of applied psychology, magic, misdirection and showmanship'.

All of which, enables him to predict, suggest and seemingly control human nature.

Not surprisingly then, Something Wicked This Way Comes is descibed as a 'powerful and darkly disturbing two-hour fusion of magic, suggestion, psychology and misdirection' unsuitable for the under-12s and the 'very squeamish'.

The London engagement follows an extensive two-month, 45-venue tour which ends in Edinburgh on May 28, 2005.

The Cambridge Theatre has been dark since February 19 and the closure of the controversial yet award-winning musical, Jerry Springer - The Opera.

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