Theatre Review: Derren Brown 'Infamous' - Palace Theatre ✭✭✭✭

Derren Brown – Infamous
Palace Theatre
Buy tickets HERE

Review by Philippa Stubbs

Thursday 27th June 2013: Derren Brown has most recently been acclaimed for his ground-breaking television shows ‘Derren Brown-Apocalypse’ and ‘Derren Brown – Hero At 30,000 Feet’. In both these shows, Brown demonstrates his extraordinary talent in influencing decisions and pre-empting behaviour, showing that the human mind is open to manipulation with the correct tools.

‘Derren Brown – Infamous’ follows on from his Olivier-Award-Winning tour ‘Svengali’, that Backstage Pass had the pleasure of reviewing last year. Reviews for his shows are somewhat difficult to write as one is instructed to keep the content secret, however, if you choose to see the show, you will be treated to an evening of obscurity and wonder.

Photo credit: Seamus Ryan
The programme states, “You are not just an audience, you are, I’m afraid, active participants. Please keep what happens in it a secret, and we shall have some fun and surprises together”. It is somewhat daunting to think that as an audience member, you may well become one of Brown’s accomplices in presenting his extraordinary talents, however, it also provokes a sense of curiosity from deep within. His victims were certainly unaware of what they had let themselves in for and their genuine disbelief in the phenomena that had occurred was strangely calming.

Brown showcased a plethora of illusion, hypnotism and extraordinary brain-power that left the audience amazed. A mix of old and new techniques added variety and pace, whilst his openness and honesty about his skills made us realise that he is merely an ordinary man with extraordinary talent!

Go and enter the world of the unknown…we know you’re curious!

4 stars ✭✭✭✭


Derren Brown: Infamous

Palace Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue

June 24 to Aug 17 2013
6 shows per week

Prices £76, £51, £39, £26, £21, £16 + Booking fees

Performance times:  Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm

Director: Andy Nyman

Designer: Simon Higlett

Writers: Derren Brown & Andy Nyman

Not suitable for children under 12.