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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.”

Tickets for the new booking period are already on sale at www.templestudioslondon.com


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