The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable – Secret location revealed for Punchdrunk and National Theatre Co-production

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Punchdrunk and the National Theatre present:

THE DROWNED MAN: A HOLLYWOOD FABLE

SECRET LOCATION REVEALED FOR ‘THE DROWNED MAN: A HOLLYWOOD FABLE’

PUNCHDRUNK WILL BRING THE WORLD OF TEMPLE STUDIOS TO LIFE IN PADDINGTON

FOLLOWING EXTRAORDINARY TICKET SALES THE SHOW WILL BE EXTENDED TO 31 DECEMBER 2013 WITH 50,000 MORE TICKETS GOING ON SALE TODAY

The secret location of eagerly anticipated new Punchdrunk and National Theatre co-production, The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, has been revealed.  Punchdrunk will transform a vast building next door to Paddington Station into the forgotten world of Temple Studios, a legendary film powerhouse.  The location for the show, 31 London Street W2 1DJ, has until now been a closely guarded secret.  The building is significantly bigger than any space Punchdrunk has used before.

Due to extraordinary ticket sales The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable has now been extended until 31 December 2013.  At midday today 50,000 more tickets will go on sale and will be available to buy at nationaltheatre.org.uk and 020 74523000.

The legendary Temple Studios was established in 1942 as the British outpost for major Hollywood studio Republic Pictures.  For a brief period during the 1950s it was a prolific powerhouse producing films across a variety of genres including period dramas, musicals, historical epics and intimate thrillers. In the early 1960s the output of the studio waned and employees were sworn to secrecy about the studio’s projects. Little is known about the films in development at that time.  In October 1962 the studio was closed overnight. The dramatic events that led to the building being condemned have been a closely kept secret ever since.

Subject to licensing and planning permission, Punchdrunk will reopen 31 London Street for their biggest production to date.  The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable is inspired by Büchner’s fractured masterpiece Woyzeck and set in a seedy Hollywood underworld.

Led by Felix Barrett, Punchdrunk is the internationally acclaimed theatre company whose previous award-winning productions include Faust, The Masque of the Red Death, Tunnel 228, It Felt Like A Kiss, The Duchess of Malfi, Sleep No More and The Crash of the Elysium. Their current New York show Sleep No More won a 2011 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and a Special Citation For Design And Choreography at the 2010-11 Obie Awards.

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Punchdrunk and the National Theatre present:

The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable

Step into the world of Temple Pictures where the Hollywood studio system meets a forgotten hinterland filled with dreamers who exist at the fringes of the movie industry. Here, celluloid fantasy clings to desperate realism and certainty dissolves into a hallucinatory world.

Inspired by Büchner’s fractured masterpiece Woyzeck, this theatrical journey follows its protagonists along the precipice between illusion and reality.

The award-winning Punchdrunk return to London following The Masque of the Red Death and their New York smash-hit Sleep No More, with their biggest  production to date.

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Punchdrunk and the National Theatre present:

The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable


Directed by Felix Barrett & Maxine Doyle

Designed by Felix Barrett, Livi Vaughan & Beatrice Minns

Choreography by Maxine Doyle

Lighting Design by Mike Gunning

Sound Design by Stephen Dobbie

Performances: 20 June – 31 December 2013

Location: Temple Studios, 31 London Street, W2 1DJ. Subject to license and planning permission.

Tickets: From £29.50
To book visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk or call 020 7452 3000

Previews Thursday 20 June – Wednesday 3 July £29.50
Start times vary see www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

Performances 4 July – 8 December 2013
The performance lasts up to three hours.

There are six arrival times in 10 minute intervals starting as follows:

Tuesday 7pm £39.50

Wednesday 7pm £39.50


Thursday 7pm £47.50


Friday 6pm £47.50 and 10pm £39.50


Saturday 5pm £47.50 and 9pm £39.50

Sunday 5pm £47.50

(no performance on Mondays)

Performances 9 December – 31 December 2013 £47.50
Christmas schedule will vary see www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

16-26yrs & concession tickets are £19.50 subject to availability.
 Premium tickets with added bonuses are available from 4 July.
 For details on both please contact the Box Office.

A limited number of additional £19.50 concession tickets will be available for all performances from 4 July and will be released for sale at midday on Mondays. The first release of tickets will be at midday on Monday 24 June for performances the following week. (Online, by phone and in person). Tickets will then be released at midday every Monday for performances the following week.

This is a promenade production. Comfortable footwear recommended.
Suitable for ages 16+

For more information, please click here

www.punchdrunk.com