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Derren Brown coming to Dartford next year

PUBLISHED: 12:49 07 June 2019

Derren Brown's new stage show remains shrouded in mystery. Picture: Derren Brown

Derren Brown's new stage show remains shrouded in mystery. Picture: Derren Brown

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His shows baffle - how does he do it, is it trickery, slight of hand, magic, a set-up?

Whatever the truth, there is no doubting the attraction of seeing Derren Brown in action live on stage.

And he is coming to The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, but you are going to have to wait a while - until the spring in fact.

Most of the time, we would now tell you about what's going to happen during his evenings here.

But this is a Derren Brown show, so basically no one knows what's going to happen.

Anyone who has seen his performances in the past, either on television or live on stage will have a good idea what they are letting themselves in for.

But precise details? Not a chance.

This is a new tour for 2020.

Showman is Brown's first new stage tour in five years and could be controversial - again.

Keeping a lid on his plans, he said: "All I can reveal is that the show will ultimately be about you, the audience member, because that's what I find most interesting.

"There are some places I'd like to take the audience where we haven't been before, and I always aim to have it deliver more than you'd expect.

"I'm excited to be at the starting point of that process. Getting it on the road will be my favourite part of the year."

We know someone who has been one of his stage guinea pigs, and to this day, he does not know how he came to be hypnotised and play along.

From March 27 to August 2 next year, the multi-award winning master of mind control and illusion, will be touring the UK.

Parents, be warned. There is advice that this show is not for the under 12s.

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Croydon-born Brown burst on to the scene with a television show in 2000. It was called Mind Control, and that is what he likes to portray.

Being a mentalist and illusionist, he has beguiled audiences for years.

In a dig at faith healers and mediums, Brown says his effects are achieved through "magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection, and showmanship".

In 2013, Brown said "Controversy has never interested me for its own sake. It's always been about doing stuff that feels dramatic."

Some of that controversy was sparked by a 2007 show called Russian Roulette which some said made light of suicide and even glamorised guns.

Complaints were later rejected by the television standards watchdog, Ofcom.

Another show, Seance, said 487 complaints were made to Channel 4 and just over 200 to Ofcom because of the suggestion the dead were to be contacted. Again, Brown was cleared of any wrongdoing.

There have also been complaints about killing a kitten and making someone think they were dead from a car crash.

But Derren's live shows have won him two prestigious Olivier Awards - for Something Wicked This Way Comes in 2006, and again with Svengali in 2012.

He has also received more Olivier nominations and wins than any other one-man show in theatre history.

Brown has played to sold-out houses across the country every year since 2003 to more than 1.6 million 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 and discussions for a Broadway run are ongoing.

Showman is presented by Michael Vine, Andrew O'Connor, Derren Brown and Paul Sandler for Vaudeville Productions Ltd. It is directed by Andrew O'Connor and Andy Nyman and written by Andy Nyman, Andrew O'Connor and

Derren Brown.

Tickets are on sale at www.derrenbrown.co.uk.

Brown will be at The Orchard on March 27 and 28, and again between April 1 and 4.

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