The Drowned Man at Temple Studios

The Drowned ManThe Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable is presented by Punchdrunk and 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.

Punchdrunk’s immersive style is the theatre equivalent of what a computer game is to film. Linear stories happen throughout the night which, as a masked audience member, you can follow multiple characters and experience the world of ‘Temple Studios’, but you make your own path, either following one story or moving between characters and rooms creating your own sense of the world you have been brought into.

The Drowned Man is based on Büchner’s unfinished play ‘Woyzeck’ and follows the stories of two parallel couples- William & Mary and Wendy and Marshall and the characters that satellite them both. Housed in what was an old Sorting Office in Paddington, ‘Temple Studios’ is on a gargantuan scale, and you realise very early on that you will never be able to see everything in one night. This is where the audience divides into those who rush around following a single character, those who explore rooms and stumble across scenes as they go along, and those who start hunting for the bar, desperate to take their masks off.


The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable
Temple Studios
31 London Street, London, W2 1DJ
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Age Restrictions: Age Restrictions 16 Years+
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.
Show Opened: 13th September 2013
Booking Until: 5th July 2014

Content updated June 2014


  • Neil Cheesman

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