The company will transform a vast building next door to Paddington Station, located at 31 London Street, into the forgotten world of Temple Studios, a legendary film powerhouse. The building is significantly bigger than any space Punchdrunk has used before.
Performances begin June 20, and booking has also been newly extended through Dec. 31 with a further 50,000 more tickets released and now on sale.
The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable is inspired by Büchner's fractured masterpiece Woyzeck and set in a seedy Hollywood underworld. According to press materials, "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."
Directed by Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle, designed by Barrett, Livi Vaughan and Beatrice Minns, and choreographed by Doyle, it also features lighting by Mike Gunning and sound by Stephen Dobbie.
Punchdrunk's previous 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. To book tickets contact the National Theatre box office on 020 7452 3000, or visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk for more details.