The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable

A new theatrical adventure from Punchdrunk.

The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable

Presented by Punchdrunk and the National Theatre

The award-winning Punchdrunk stage their biggest and most ambitious production yet. The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable is an extraordinary theatrical adventure: a unique personal journey which unfolds across four levels of a vast central London location.

Amidst the fading glamour of 1960s Los Angeles, stands Temple Studios – a crumbling monument to the golden age of film, seducing wide-eyed dreamers with the promise of wealth and fame. Here, movie stars mingle with hungry young upstarts, while beyond the gates lies a forgotten hinterland where the many rejected by the studio system scratch out a living.

Inspired by Georg Büchner's fractured masterpiece Woyzeck, The Drowned Man explores the darkness of the Hollywood dream. Celluloid fantasy meets desperate reality, and certainty dissolves into a hallucinatory world.

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What to expect from the performance
The Drowned Man is no conventional theatre experience. The following will help you navigate the world of the production…

This is a promenade production. Comfortable footwear is essential. The performance lasts for up to three hours.

Your curiosity is key. The more you explore, the richer your experience will be. Delve in, be bold, and immerse yourself.

Read more about what to expect at Temple Studios.

Read detailed information about ticket prices, start and running times.

Age restriction 16yrs+
Anyone aged 16 or 17 must be accompanied by an adult and should report to the box office located inside the main entrance on arrival at Temple Studios. Photo ID will be required on entry.

Bespoke Requests
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Punchdrunk Enrichment
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Original photos: Brinkhoff / Mögenburg and Helen Maybanks.

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