Temple Studios

Punchdrunk and the National Theatre present
at Temple Studios, 31 London Street, W2 1DJ
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A vast building next door to Paddington Station has been transformed into the forgotten world of Temple Studios, London’s legendary film powerhouse.

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.

What to expect at Temple Studios:

  • The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable is a promenade performance: comfortable footwear is strongly recommended.
  • The audience of up to 600 guests is constantly on the move, following the performers and exploring the sets. It is very difficult to remain with your companions; and to get the most out of the performance, you are best advised to go it alone.
  • All audience members are masked for the length of the performance; those who normally wear glasses are advised to wear contact lenses if possible as these will be more comfortable beneath their mask.
  • There are many areas of darkness and confined space within the studios, and haze and strobe effects are used throughout.
  • The air quality inside may not be suitable for pregnant women, or for those suffering with Asthma, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, or other respiratory conditions.
  • THE AGE RESTRICTION FOR THIS PRODUCTION IS 16+ There will be no admittance to anyone who, if asked, cannot provide photographic ID proving that they are over 16. Guests aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible guardian. The Box Office will issue a lanyard which they must wear during their visit to be identified as a minor to performers and studio staff.
  • The Temple Studios bar features as part of the performance, and may be used by all guests over the age of 18. 16- and 17-year-olds can visit only in the company of their parent or guardian. The bar operates a strict Challenge 25 policy, and accepts payment by cash and card.
  • No bags of any size are permitted within the Studios. Any bags that you bring with you must be left in the cloakroom, at the cost of £1 per item. These facilities are limited, so you are advised against arriving with luggage.
  • Smoking is not permitted at any time within the premises. Those wishing to smoke outside are asked to wait until the end of the performance as re-admission is not permitted.


  • From Paddington Mainline Station: Take Exit 1 towards St Mary’s Hospital. Walk up the concourse and then turn left onto Praed Street. At the junction, turn left onto London Street. The studios are within the large red-brick building on the opposite side of the road, with the main entrance through the red shutters, and the premium entrance through the iron gate.
  • From Paddington Underground (District & Circle line): Exit the station and turn right onto Praed street. At the junction, turn left onto London Street. (Then as above)
  • From Paddington Underground (Hammersmith & City and Bakerloo line): Follow signs for Paddington Overground Station. Exit Paddington Station via Exit 1 towards St Mary’s Hospital. Walk up the concourse and then turn left onto Praed Street. At the junction, turn left onto London Street. (Then as above)
  • Bus stops H and F are located on Praed Street and are serviced as follows:
    Bus stop H (7, 23, 27, 36, 159, 205, 332, 436, N7) 
    Bus stop F (7, 23, 27, 36, 159, 205, 436, N7)

If you are attending a late show on a Friday or Saturday night, please plan your journey home in advance. Night buses serve the area well, with regular departures from Paddington throughout the night (services include 23, 27, 36, 159, 205, N7).

When leaving the venue, please take care to keep noise to a minimum with respect to neighbouring residents and businesses.

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