Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable Trailer

Conor Doyle, Ed Warner, Omar Gordon, Tomislav English & Vinicius Salles. Punchdrunk. The Drowned Man A Hollywood Fable. Photo Birgit & Ralf (0578)Internationally-acclaimed theatre company Punchdrunk, best known for their celebrated productions The Masque of the Red Death, It Felt Like a Kiss and the award-winning Sleep No More, are returning to London with a brand new theatrical production, in collaboration with the National Theatre, that features their renowned immersive style and they’ve released a tantalising trailer.

The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable is their biggest production to date. Set across numerous floors of an abandoned building near Paddington Station and styled as the eerie Temple Studios, a legendary 50s film powerhouse long-forgotten, the story follows the dreamers who populate the seedy underbelly of Hollywood. Inspired by the fractured tragedy of Büchner’s unfinished work, Woyzeck, the production features a labyrinthine spectacle that explores the mystery behind Temple Studios and its sudden closure in 1962.

Directors Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle are famed for Punchdrunk’s spectacular productions, pushing the boundaries of theatrical experience. Allowing the audience to immerse themselves in a world rich with sensory and imaginative physicality, past productions have vividly explored Shakespeare to Goethe and much more in-between, featuring choreographed dance, powerful set design, striking costumes, and even mask-wearing from the audience – with bewitching results. With such a breath-taking setting, The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable promises to be as unique, chilling, and enchanting a theatrical experience as you’re like to see this year.

The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable runs until 31 December 2013 and tickets can be booked here: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

Watch the trailer below!