Derren Brown’s Svengali Headed to the Novello Theatre
The Illusionist Brings His Show Back to the West End Following its Previous run at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2011
Last year the well known illusionist and mentalist Derren Brown brought his show “Svengali” to the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End and it has now been announced that it is to return in 2012, this time with a run at the Novello Theatre, currently the home of “Noises Off”. The show will briefly appear at the venue from July to August prior to the arrival of “Mamma Mia!”, which is set to transfer from the Prince of Wales Theatre in September.
Though little is known about the show – Brown ensures that the audience is sworn to secrecy at each performance – those that pick up theatre tickets can expect an evening of psychological illusion with plenty of ‘mind melting’ and audience participation. It is the kind of performance that audiences will be familiar with if they have caught any of Brown’s previous stage work, or his numerous television programmes that have appeared over the years. One difference this time, however, is that the show is not co-written by Andy Nyman.
Prior to “Svengali”, Brown last hit the stage with his show “Enigma” at the Adelphi Theatre and prior to that he also staged “Mind Reader: An Evening of Wonders” at the Garrick Theatre, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” at the Cambridge Theatre and “Derren Bown Live”, winning a Laurence Olivier Award along the way. His television work includes “Trick of the Mind”, “The Events”, “Derren Brown Investigates” and numerous specials that have been both controversial and popular with television viewers.
The production will be directed by Polly Findlay, who has also found success in the capital, whether it has been as an Assistant Director on “War Horse” or working on shows such as “Eigengrau” at the Bush Theatre and “Blasting” at the National Theatre. Audiences beyond the capital have also seen her work in venues around the United Kingdom.
“Noises Off” remains at the Novello Theatre until June 2012. It is followed by “Derren Brown’s Svengali” will appear from Tuesday 17th July 2012 (previews from Thursday 12th July 2012) to Saturday 11th August 2012.