PREVIEW: Derren Brown: Showman at the Lyceum

PREVIEW: Derren Brown: Showman at the Lyceum

By David Parker | 12/03/2020

PREVIEW: Derren Brown: Showman at the Lyceum
Derren Brown

 

ILLUSIONIST and master of mind-control Derren Brown is bringing his latest stage show to the region this summer.

The entertainer will perform his first new live show for five years, Derren Brown: Showman, from July 14 to 18 at The Lyceum, Sheffield.

The show’s content remains a closely-guarded secret but Brown has revealed that the heart of the show will be about “remembering what’s important”.

“Like how the very things that we find most isolating in life — our fears and difficulties — actually connect us,” he said.

“Framed with what I think will be some extraordinary demonstrations of my voodoo.”

Brown’s live shows have won him two Olivier Awards — for Something Wicked This Way Comes (2006) and Svengali (2012) — and he has received more Olivier nominations and wins than any other one-man show in theatre history.

He has played to sold-out houses across the country every year since 2003 to over 1.6m people.

Previous shows, Infamous, (2013, 2014), Miracle (2015, 2016) and Underground (2017, 2018) have also enjoyed critically acclaimed seasons in London’s West End.

In 2017 he made an award-winning US stage debut at the Atlantic Theater in New York with Derren Brown: Secret, which transferred to Broadway.

Brown’s big break came in 1999 when he was asked by Channel 4 to put a TV show together.

The result, Derren Brown: Mind Control, was shown in 2000 and proved an immediate success, winning a Rose d’Or.

Since then, Brown has exhilarated audiences worldwide with his brand of mind-control, suggestion, showmanship and illusion.

Brown said: “It’s always a challenge to take ideas I feel are important and honest and use my strange effects, which spans the spectrum from honesty to deceit in their methods, to communicate those points.

“I had also grown very comfortable with the material from Underground (and its Broadway cousin Secret) which had truly become second nature.

“Starting again with a blank slate is exciting and daunting, as is facing that first week of previews while we work out exactly what the show is.

“If [audiences] are amazed by the tricks and feel better about themselves and a little warmer towards each other, I’m happy.”

Tickets are available at https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/events/derren-brown-showman.