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Punchdrunk's The Drowned Man at National Theatre

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A Hollywood Fable

If you are looking for a theatre experience with a difference, then look no further than the Punchdrunk, a pioneering company that has been creating immersive theatre since its conception in 2000. They create intricate sets in disused buildings, and tell interactive stories through audience participation.

In what the National theatre call there 'most ambitious production yet', audiences will be taken on a tour of Temple Studios. The large building next to Paddington Station was built in 1942 as an outpost for major Hollywood studio Republic Pictures. It was a prolific studio for two decades, until the 1960s, when it went into decline and closed in 1962.

In Pundrunk's new play The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, you will experience a promenade performance across four levels of this abandoned venue. You will be wearing masks throughout the show, and the dark rooms, confined spaces, and strobe lighting will all add to the mysterious world of fading hollywood glamour. The story is set in 1960s Los Angeles, where a new generation aspire to be stars, but have entered the business too late. The Golden Age of film is over, the studio system is on the way out, and hope of stardom get dashed.

The Drowned Man opens on the 1st October and runs until the 30th December. Standard tickets are £39.50, but you can also book premium tickets, which include an additional prologue and hospitality.
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When: 1st Oct - 30th Dec
Phone: 020 7452 3000
Where: National Theatre
Cost: £39.50
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