The announcement follows a record-breaking eighteen months in London for the production, which opened in March 2022 and has sold over 200,000 tickets.
By September the show will be longest running – and possibly last – mask show that Punchdrunk has ever produced.
The epic retelling of the end of the Trojan war is on a big scale, with 600 people working on the show – the largest in Punchdrunk’s history – across two vast warehouse buildings that are part of the old Woolwich Arsenal, and now Punchdrunk’s global HQ.
The Burnt City is set between the neon-drenched backstreets of downtown Troy and the menacing but opulent shadow of Greece, and audiences are on their own theatrical adventure, free to explore this dystopian landscape and the characters who emerge from the shadows.
Artistic Director of Punchdrunk, Felix Barrett said in a statement: “Creating The Burnt City in the midst of a pandemic was one of the most incredible feats our team has achieved. We couldn’t be prouder of this show and everyone who brought our world of gods and mortals to life. The Burnt City has propelled us forwards and we want to keep that momentum, making the most of our new home in Woolwich. It’s the first time we have had a long-term space to call our own, so these extraordinary buildings are the perfect place to showcase our ideas quickly without needing to wait years for the right venue to come along. We’re fairly sure that The Burnt City will be the last new mask show the company makes, and what comes next will be different and unlike anything we have done before. We cannot wait to unleash these new ideas and in the meantime, we hope that everyone will make the most of our precious last months of The Burnt City!”