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Punchdrunk’s Drowned Man extends

Published 27 February 2014

The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, the hit co-production between Punchdrunk and the National Theatre that has been bringing 1960s glamour to the capital since June last year, has extended its run for a second time.

Based on Georg Büchner’s tragic tale about a military barber who stabs his unfaithful wife, the site-specific production will continue to play at its location in a disused post office building next to Paddington Station until at least 6 April.

Set in a seedy Hollywood underworld where celluloid fantasy clings to desperate realism and certainty dissolves into a hallucinatory world, The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable allows audiences to step into the world of Temple Studios, a crumbing monument to the golden age of film that seduces wide-eyed dreamers with the promise of wealth and fame.

When the immersive production opened last summer, Official London Theatre’s Charlotte Marshall wrote: “From a lonely dance atop a dilapidated trailer to a violent duet on a porch, many of the pieces experienced on your journey push the cast to their physical limits, the hypnotic and often trippy performances leaving you entranced.”

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