THE master of mind control and psychological illusion, Derren Brown will return to Southampton later this month with Showman, his biggest tour in 20 years.

His one-man shows have received wide critical acclaim and more Olivier wins and nominations than any other in history.

Fresh from his hugely successful Broadway debut, Derren returns home to the UK to launch his first brand new theatre show in six years, which is at Mayflower Theatre from July 26 to 30.

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The content of the show remains a closely guarded secret, but he did give Echo readers a taste of what is to come.

"The heart of the show is about remembering what’s important. Like how the very things that we find most isolating in life - our fears and difficulties - actually connect us. Framed with what I think will be some extraordinary demonstrations of my voodoo.

"Funnily enough, the show was written pre-lockdown, about how the things in life that feel most isolating actually tend to be the very things that we share. And then this literal play-out of that idea happens, globally. So that has remained at its heart - it has a gentle thread about how we share our human difficulties, and the value of remembering what’s important.

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"I think it’s had the best response of any show I’ve done. It’s lovely to know, and a happy thing to read people’s responses right after a show on Twitter, but ultimately, in order to do it night after night, I can only really be concerned about the relationship between me and the particular audience in front of me."

Derren’s live shows have won him two prestigious Olivier Awards – for Something Wicked This Way Comes (2006) and Svengali (2012) and he has received more Olivier nominations and wins than any other one-man show in theatre history.

He has played to sold-out houses across the country every year since 2003, selling more than 1.6M tickets in the process. His shows have also enjoyed West End and Broadway success.

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