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Review: Derren Brown's Infamous

Everyone has a duty to see this show again and again and again!

Review: Derren Brown's Infamous

Derren Brown on the set of Infamous. The whole theatre experience has never been more magical.

James Gilmore

W!ZARD News Author

As 2,000 people waited outside the doors of the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue the blinds in front of the entrance windows seamlessly rolled up in perfect synchronisation. It was the perfect entrance for, what would be, a mysterious evening. Derren has pulled it off again!

If you feel gripped to your TV sets (or, in one episode – your couch) when watching him on Channel 4, the intensity of his live stage shows are at a whole new level. Every angle of the show has been perfected – from truly jaw-dropping moments to times when you are laughing your head off. That’s inclusive of the many volunteers Derren used during the show as well.

The set is extremely simplistic, which exposes Derren to a world where he cannot hide behind big machinery (as in Svengali) and it opens the platform for real magic. The openness of the show (and some of Derren’s revelations during it) makes Infamous a much more personal experience. However, there were some moments which I felt were performed poorly – especially one hospital scene which I feel had a lot of build-up but no substance.

In terms of suitability, Infamous does contain some strong language and is definitely not suitable for under 12’s. Even one day later, I am still shaking my head in disbelief of what I witnessed. Andy Nyman (Derren’s Director and Co-Writer) and Derren have worked a masterpiece here and I’m already scouring the internet for more tickets!

This show has proved Derren to be a greater genius (well, he puts it in other words during the show) than anyone ever thought before. Everyone has a duty to see this show again and again and again!

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