Derren Brown and Barney Norris are developing a new stage adaptation of HG Wells’ science fiction novel The Invisible Man.
Commonly referred to as ‘The Master of Illusion’, Brown will create the illusions and onstage believability for The Invisible Man, whilst playwright and novelist Norris (Nightfall, Bridge Theatre; The Remains of the Day, Out of Joint) will write the book.
Brown is best known for his television and stage shows, the two-time Olivier Award winner has mesmerised millions worldwide with his unique brand of mind reading, persuasion, and psychological illusion. His New York debut in 2019 Derren Brown: Secret, produced by J.J. Abrams, was a smash-hit and he was due to embark on a pre-covid UK tour in 2020 with Showman.
Considered one of the foundational works in modern science fiction, the story follows a reclusive scientist who makes himself invisible and attempts to unleash a reign of terror on the town where he is staying. The story was recently adapted into a critically acclaimed, and more importantly scary horror film starring Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale, Shirley, Mad Men) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Hill House).
The play is produced by PR Productions and will premiere in the UK next autumn. Joint chief executives of PW Productions, Peter Wilson and Iain Gillie, said: “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.”
Casting, dates, venue for The Invisible Man to be announced.