Derren Brown: Secret
6 June, 7:00PM
Atlantic Theater Company, New York
Written by Andy Nyman, Derren Brown & Andrew O’Connor
Directed by Andrew O’Connor & Andy Nyman
Join David Binder, Guest Artistic Director for LIFT 2018 for a spectacular fundraising performance of Derren Brown’s American theatrical debut, Secret on 6 June.
The award-winning UK phenomenon Derren Brown brings his extraordinary blend of mind-reading, suggestion and psychological illusion to New York audiences for the first time in this world premiere production at Atlantic Theater Company. On 6th June, a special evening sees Derren perform the show to fundraise for LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre).
Derren Brown’s critically acclaimed shows have played sold out runs in the West End and been awarded two Olivier Awards. Delving into his startling world, Secret is a spellbinding theatrical experience that challenges us – in the most jaw-dropping way – to take a closer look at the stories and beliefs that guide our lives.
Note: Secret is not suitable for children under 12.
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DERREN BROWN (Performer, Writer). After abandoning a career in law to develop his skills at psychological magic, his big break came in 1999 when he was asked by Channel 4 to create the television show “Derren Brown: Mind Control,” which was an immediate success when it aired in December 2000. Since then, on stage and television, he has exhilarated audiences world-wide with his unique brand of mind control, suggestion, showmanship and illusion. Having redefined the genre of magic, Derren has become synonymous with the art of psychological manipulation and his television shows have become must-see events, for which he has gained a reputation as a performer prepared to constantly challenge and break down boundaries. He has garnered rave reviews and coveted awards, including the 2012 BAFTA for Best Entertainment for “Derren Brown: The Experiments.” His legendary specials include “Russian Roulette,” “Seance,” “The Heist,” “Hero at 30,000 Feet,” “How to Predict the Lottery” and “Apocalypse.” He has convinced a man to assassinate Stephen Fry and stuck viewers to their sofas through their television sets. Recently in “Pushed To The Edge,” he revealed the psychological secrets of obedience and social compliance with extraordinary results, once again creating passionate debate within the media and dividing opinion up and down the country. His live shows have won him two prestigious Olivier Awards for Something Wicked This Way Comes (2006) and Svengali (2012), and numerous nominations. He has played to sold-out houses across the country every year since 2003. His two most recent shows, Infamous, (2013, 2014) and Miracle (2015, 2016) have toured to great success and critical acclaim. He has also received praise for his best-selling books, Derren Brown: Tricks of the Mind and Derren Brown: Confessions of a Conjuror, which have sold over 700,000 copies worldwide. His third book, Happy, made the Top 10 Best Seller’s list and further cemented his reputation as a highly distinctive writer. Derren also enjoys considerable success as an artist. His book Portraits offers a collection of his painted caricatures of famous faces. Since then he has moved into highly accomplished ‘straight’ portraits and street photography and been exhibited at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London. www.derrenbrown.co.uk. @derrenbrown
ANDY NYMAN (Co-writer, Co-director) is an award-winning actor, director and writer who has earned acclaim from both critics and audiences for his theatre, film and television work. He has collaborated with Derren for over 15 years, having co-written much of Derren’s television and theatre work. Andy also co-wrote and directed most of Derren’s theatre shows including Something Wicked This Way Comes, which won the Best Entertainment Olivier Award. As an actor, his most recent stage work includes Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen in London’s West End and Jamie Lloyd’s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory. On television he was most recently seen playing Winston Churchill in the BBC drama “Peaky Blinders” and starred in the BBC drama “The Eichmann Show.” His many film credits include The Brother’s Bloom and the hugely popular Death at a Funeral. This year he will be seen in cinemas in the new Liam Neeson thriller The Commuter. Andy has also just co-written and co-directed Ghost Stories, the film version of the hit play written by Andy and Jeremy Dyson, starring Andy and Martin Freeman that will be in cinemas in 2018.
ANDREW O’CONNOR (Co-director, Co-writer) began his career as a magician, standup comedian and actor in theater and television. Notable roles include Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl and the title role in Barnum. In 1997 he retired from performing to concentrate on writing, producing and directing. For television, he was the co-founder of Objective Productions which he ran from 1997–2015, during which he created and produced dozens of television series including “Peep Show” and the Derren Brown series and specials “Star Stories,” “The Cube” and “Fresh Meat.” His television shows have been nominated for 50 national and international awards and won 16 awards including 5 BAFTA awards. Theater directing credits include 42nd Street, The Odd Couple (female version NYT), The Nerd, Anything Goes and Derren Brown: Miracle. Andrew was the co-producer on all of Derren Brown’s stage shows that have been nominated for four, and awarded two, Olivier Awards. Film – Director/Producer/co-writer: Magicians, which won best comedy at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and was nominated for a US BAFTA for Best British Comedy Film in 2008. Director/Producer/co-writer: Jerked, which was chosen to premiere at the SXSW film festival and will be released in 2017. Producer: That Awkward Moment.
“Simply miraculous. Completely astounding.”
Daily Telegraph on Derren Brown
“A thrilling spectacle...Secret is real magic. Grade: A”
“He plunges into the deepest recesses of his volunteers’ thoughts, with results that have you SLAPPING YOUR FOREHEAD”
The New York Times - Critic's Pick
Tickets: $65 – $85
$4.50 fee/ticket applies
100% of ticket income will go directly to supporting LIFT 2018.
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