Profile: Derren Brown
Derren Brown has been a regular contributor to the West End landscape for many years now, appearing with numerous shows year after year that have earned him and his collaborators praise and awards. 2015 is no different and from November he returns once again for Miracle, which plays at the Palace Theatre in the West End, and as the start-date of its anticipated run draws nearer it seems like the perfect time to take a look at his career highlights.
Brown was born in Purley, London, in 1971 and his upbringing saw him attend school in South Croydon and eventually land a place at the University of Bristol. Though his choice of studies would have ultimately seen him take a different path had he pursed them further, it was at university that he also developed his love of illusion. So he started to develop the skills necessary to become a household name and even during this early time he was already wowing audiences and paving the way for his later success.
By the time 2000 came along Brown had made his way to television and that year audiences were introduced to his work in Mind Control on Channel 4. It would the first of many memorable and unmissable performances on television, with Trick And The Mind and Waking dead following. Later work also included Derren Brown: The Events, Derren Brown: Investigates and Derren Brown: The Experiments, as well as specials like the controversial Derren Brown Plays Russian Roulette Live, Séance, Messiah, The Heist and The Great Art Robbery, amongst others.
But as audiences are now gearing up to see his return to the stage it is only right that we also look at his previous West End shows. He (and long-time collaborator Andy Nyman) earned a Laurence Olivier Award for his show Something Wicked This Way Comes in 2006, whilst his other shows have included Derren Brown Live in 2003, Mind Reader: An Evening Of Wonder in 2007, Enigma in 2009, Svengali in 2011 and Infamous in 2013. As well as providing a treat for West End fans, these shows have also been seen around the UK and have attracted a lot of fans wherever they go.
Who knows what else Derren Brown has up his sleeves? As the years go by his popularity only increases and it is clear that everyone new show will be met with great praise and anticipation.
This is undoubtedly going to be true of Miracle when it runs at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End. It opens at the venue on Tuesday 17th November 2015 (previews from Wednesday 11th November 2015).