Theatre producer PW Productions has announced that the company is developing a new stage production of The Invisible Man, created by the Bafta Award-winning Derren Brown and written by the award-winning Barney Norris. The plan is to premiere the new production in the autumn of 2022 with theatre and booking details to be announced soon.
Joint CEO’s of PW Productions, Peter Wilson and Iain Gillie said today:
“Since our first meeting with Derren Brown in 2019, we’ve been really excited about this project. We know that in the hands of Derren and Barney Norris, it is going to be a completely compelling and thrilling piece of theatre.”
Derren Brown has become synonymous with the art of psychological manipulation in the UK, and he has gained a reputation as a performer prepared to constantly challenge and break down boundaries. Amongst a varied and notorious TV career, Brown has played Russian Roulette live, convinced middle-managers to commit armed robbery, led the nation in a séance, stuck viewers at home to their sofas, successfully predicted the National Lottery, motivated a shy man to land a packed passenger plane at 30,000 feet, hypnotised another to assassinate Stephen Fry and created a zombie apocalypse for an unwitting participant after dramatically ending the world.
In The Push (streaming on Netflix), he exposed the psychological secrets of obedience and social compliance with terrifying results. His show Miracle (which blows the roof off the dark world of evangelical faith-healing) is also a popular choice on Netflix. His most recent TV special, Sacrifice, also steaming on Netflix, astonished audiences around the world as he attempted to persuade someone to make the ultimate sacrifice: lay down his life for a complete stranger. In 2020, Brown celebrated 20 years on Channel 4 with Derren Brown, 20 Years Of Mind Control: Live.
He has toured every year since 2003 with a series of live shows, which have won him two prestigious Olivier Awards – for Something Wicked This Way Comes (2006) and Svengali (2012). In 2018 he received his fifth nomination, for Underground.
In 2017 Derren recently made his stage debut at the Atlantic Theater in New York with his show Secret, winning the 2018 NY Drama Desk award for Unique Theatrical Entertainment. The show transferred to Broadway, in November 2019, enjoying a sell-out season at The Cort Theatre until early January 2020. He is currently preparing for Showman for a new UK tour for 2021/2022.
Barney Norris is an award-winning writer. His plays include Nightfall (The Bridge Theatre); While We’re Here (Up in Arms at the Bush and on tour); Echo’s End (Salisbury Playhouse); Eventide (Arcola and on tour) and Visitors (Up in Arms, Arcola and on tour – Winner of the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright and nominated for an Evening Standard Award). His adaptations include Blood Wedding (Up In Arms, Salisbury Playhouse) and The Remains of the Day (Out of Joint, Northampton Royal & Derngate, Oxford Playhouse and tour).