DERREN Brown has set a new date for his latest show to be performed at the Grand Theatre in Leeds.

Showman aims to present the multi-award-winning master of mind control and psychological illusion at its very best on stage.

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

Fresh from a successful Broadway debut, Derren will be back in the UK with his first theatre show in five years, performed at the Grand from August 18-22.

A spokesman said: “The content of the show remains a closely-guarded secret, but if you’ve seen him before, you know you’re in for a powerhouse treat!”

Derren spoke to in advance of his UK tour, while his show Secret was still pulling in the crowds in the USA.

It’s fair to say that Secret, has gone down very well with New York audiences. Given Broadway’s fearsome reputation, what where his thoughts on embarking on this journey and how when he sum of his present feelings?

“My main concern was finding a nice breakfast spot close to the apartment. That was taking up my time. Getting the mornings right is a big thing for me, and having a place to write.

“Beyond that, there were the expected grown-up production things about investment and ticket sales which I leave to others where I can.

“The show was already solid and felt fully in my blood, so I wasn’t worried about that.”

Derren’s last show in the UK, Underground, was the inspiration for Secret. Did he change much for the production at Cort Theatre on Broadway?

Derren said: “Underground was the UK cousin of the show - a different physical production of the same material.

“I started it in the UK in a small theatre to warm up for off-Broadway, and ended up touring it as a ‘best of’ show in its own right.

“We’ve changed a few bits for the current version in NYC, and flipped a couple of big pieces in the second half, but it’s essentially the same show.”

Derren’s shows revolve around audience participation, so Derren understandably compared British audiences to their US counterparts.

He said: “Americans are far more relaxed and talkative on stage. There’s a bit when I ask a person on stage to tell us about a grandparent.

“Brits mumble something about them being nice and kind - here they take the mic and turn to the audience.

“As an audience, they are much more vocal, narrating their own experiences more. There’s a lot more ‘NOOOO!!’s’ from the crowd.

On the other hand, half of the audience in New York was classic Broadway, and noticeably older.

Derren said: “At home I might spot two older couples in the audience, here about a quarter of the audience consists of pensioners.

“But the rest of them are young and vibrant and contain many fans that have, amazingly, flown in from around the world.

“So it’s a diverse group, and part of the fun is feeling them all come together as the show goes on. And lots of actors - famous and otherwise - come to see the show. That’s a real Broadway thing too.”

Derren said there had not been any major challenges performing the show in New York, describing the Broadway run as “a joy”.

He added: “There’s a lot more PR I have to do, including performing on chat shows and the like - and those take writing and rehearsal time.

“It’s such an expensive affair here and obviously I wasn’t known at all to the general public, so I’ve had to do a lot to make the sure that the show is in the back of people’s minds.”