The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable at Temple Studios

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Punchdrunk and the National Theatre present an extraordinary theatrical experience in The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable at Temple Studios in London.

Award winning theatre company Punchdrunk stage their most ambitious production in  The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, an epic, extraordinary theatrical  adventure that unfolds across four floors of a vast central London warehouse.

Set amidst the fading glamour of 1960’s LA is Temple Studios, a glorious but crumbling symbol of the Golden Age of the movies. In the studios the rich and famous mix with the poor and hungry for fame as the studio system’s last dying days spits out Hollywood’s rejects, scoundrels and forgotten stars.

The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable is inspired by Georg Büchner’s play Woyzeck to reveal the underbelly of the Hollywood dream where the fantasy world of movies brutally collides with desperate reality.

A wholly unconventional theatrical experience, The Drowned Man is a promenade production where you explore the vast world of the Temple Studios, immersing yourself in the glamour and the darkness across four extraordinary floors of the building.

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Theatre: Temple Studios, 31 London Street, W2. See a map of how to get to Temple Studios here.

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Performance dates
Booking to 1 December 2013
Special notes
  • Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 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).
  • Audiences will wear a mask for the duration of the performance. We recommend contact lenses instead of glasses where possible.
  • This is a promenade performance across four levels and comfortable footwear is recommended. The experience is a personal journey and you may find yourself separated from your group.


    Show may contain nudity.
  • Warning there will be areas of darkness and confined spaces. Haze and strobe effects are used in this production.
  • No bags are admitted in the studio complex. We advise that you arrive with as little as possible, otherwise a compulsory cloakroom is in operation.

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