Punchdrunk - The Burnt City

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One Cartridge Place London, London

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The Burnt City is the major new immersive theatre experience from Punchdrunk

Punchdrunk, the acclaimed immersive theatre company, presents their brand new show The Burnt City.

Running for a limited season until 16 April 2023, The Burnt City is performed in Punchdrunk’s massive new space One Cartridge Place in Woolwich. 

The Burnt City is Punchdrunk’s most ambitious and epic production ever, and features a cast of over 30 international performers, including original members of Punchdrunk’s first shows.

Audiences are on their own theatrical adventure at the show, and free to explore this dystopian landscape – taking them from the majesty of royal palaces to the pulsating underworld of Troy. Audiences can choose to follow the characters who emerge from the shadows, saturate themselves in the show’s shifting atmosphere, or break free of the crowd and discover mysteries lying in wait at the heart of the labyrinth.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime theatrical tour de force.

What theatre is The Burnt City playing?

The Burnt City will be performed in Woolwich Arsenal, in a brand new facility called Woolwich Works. The enormous size of the buildings, at over 100,000 square feet, will provide a scale never before seen in a Punchdrunk show.

Standard – Grants you entry to the show at the timeslot selected

Premium – Enjoy priority entry: jump the queue on arrival and access complimentary coat check

VIP – Alongside premium benefits, you’ll have exclusive access to the VIP Lounge, complete with a complimentary Dewar’s Kykeon cocktail

What's the story of Punchdrunk: The Burnt City?

The Burnt City is a “future noir” retelling of the fall of Troy, with audiences experiencing the contrasting ancient worlds of Troy and Mycenae, with each world given a dystopian sci-fi twist, and where audiences will encounter gods, monsters, secret passageways and more.

The show will start as if people are entering a slick museum tour, but are then plunged into a neon-lit ancient Troy inspired by Fritz Lang’s classic movie Metropolis. In one building, Troy will feature alleys, palaces, a hotel and an opera house; and the world of Mycenae, in an adjacent building, will be of a similar scale.

“As the smoke soars on wings to heaven, so sinks our city”. In the smouldering promise of the fall of Troy, a mythical world of Gods and mortals rises from the ashes. As Greece teeters on the brink of victory, the neon backstreets of Downtown Troy give way to a sprawling labyrinth hiding secrets even the prophecies could not foretell. In this colossal playground, the furies watch on as mortals play out their fate. And as night falls, the city comes alive. One last time.

Who are the creative team of Punchdrunk: The Burnt City?

Directed by Punchdrunk’s Artistic Director, Felix Barrett, and Associate Director and Choreographer Maxine Doyle, The Burnt City is choreographed by Maxine Doyle, designed by Felix Barrett, Livi Vaughan and Beatrice Minns, with sound design by Stephen Dobbie, lighting design by FragmentNine, and costume design by David Israel Reynoso. The show’s Creative Producer is Colin Nightingale.

Who are Punchdrunk?

Punchdrunk pioneered the breakthrough of immersive theatre in the UK, and this is their first London show since The Drowned Man in 2014. Since their last London show the company has been busy opening new shows around the world, and venturing into TV with The Third Day. Their long-running international productions include Sleep No More in New York and Shanghai – where it has been playing to sold out audiences since it re-opened in June 2020 following a Covid break.


Reviews of Punchdrunk: The Burnt City

★★★★★ "Ambitious, intoxicating – simply nothing else like it" - The Stage
★★★★★ “An all-consuming vision of the siege of Troy” - The Observer
★★★★ "Jaw-dropping" - TimeOut
★★★★ “Immersive theatre on an epic scale” - The Independent
★★★★ “rich, vivid, momentous” - Evening Standard
★★★★  Average review score

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Show Information

Age restrictions
16+ (16-17 year olds must be accompanied by a guardian).
Running time
The performance lasts up to three hours. There are six arrival times in 10-minute intervals.
Performance dates
Booking to 16 April 2023
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Saturday, Sunday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


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Important Notes

This is a promenade production. Comfortable footwear recommended. This production deals with themes of war, family tragedy, murder and revenge. You may encounter violence, blood and nudity. Cameras and mobile devices are not allowed within the experience except as a payment device within the bar. They will be bagged on arrival. Please arrive 15 minutes before your booked time slot. Punchdrunk asks that where possible, audiences do not bring bags. Coats and bags are not permitted within the experience and limited cloakroom facilities are available for an extra charge. One Cartridge Place is in a residential area. Please respect our neighbours and make sure that you arrive and leave quietly.


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Venue Information

One Cartridge Place London, One Cartridge Place, Woolwich, London, SE18 6ZR
Nearest Tube or Train: Woolwich
Nearest Buses: 51, 53, 54, 161, 291, 386, 658
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Punchdrunk extends booking period for The Burnt City
The Burnt City, a new immersive show from Punchdrunk has extended its booking period to 4 December 2022. Billed as a a “future noir” retelling of the fall of Troy, the immersive experience will contrast ancient worlds of Troy and Mycenae, with each world given a dystopian sci-fi twist, and where audiences will encounter gods, monsters, secret passageways and more. New production images have also been released ahead of its official opening next Thursday 21 April 2022. The show will start as if people are entering a slick museum tour, but are then plunged into a neon-lit Troy inspired by Fritz Lang’s classic movie Metropolis. Audiences can choose to follow the characters who emerge from the shadows, saturate themselves in the show’s shifting atmosphere, or break free of the crowd and discover mysteries lying in wait at the heart of the labyrinth. It's a promenade show so comfy shoes are recommended. The Burnt City is Punchdrunk’s most ambitious and epic production ever, and features a cast of over 30 international performers, including original members of Punchdrunk’s first shows. This major new show takes place in Punchdrunk’s new permanent home in Woolwich Arsenal - three Grade II Listed Buildings which now form part of the new creative district, Woolwich Works.  [ngg src="galleries" ids="778" display="pro_tile"] The Burnt City is now booking until 4 December 2022 at Woolwich Works, Woolwich Arsenal, London.
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Punchdrunk announces new London show The Burnt City
Punchdrunk finds permanent home in Woolwich Arsenal Punchdrunk, the acclaimed immersive theatre company, has announced their brand new show for 2022. The Burnt City will open on 22 March 2022, running for a limited season until 28 August 2022.  This major new show will take place in Punchdrunk's new permanent home in Woolwich Arsenal, as they take over three Grade II Listed Buildings as part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich's new creative district, Woolwich Works.  The Burnt City promises to be Punchdrunk's most ambitious and epic production ever, and will feature a cast of over 30 international performers, including original members of Punchdrunk's first shows. Billed as a a “future noir” retelling of the fall of Troy, the experience will contrast ancient worlds of Troy and Mycenae, with each world given a dystopian sci-fi twist, and where audiences will encounter gods, monsters, secret passageways and more. Audiences will be on their own theatrical adventure at the show, and free to explore this dystopian landscape - taking them from the majesty of royal palaces to the pulsating underworld of Troy. Audiences - up to 600 at a time - may choose to follow the characters who emerge from the shadows, saturate themselves in the show's shifting atmosphere, or break free of the crowd and discover mysteries lying in wait at the heart of the labyrinth. The show will start as if people are entering a slick museum tour, but are then plunged into a neon-lit Troy inspired by Fritz Lang’s classic movie Metropolis. In one building, Troy will feature alleys, palaces, a hotel and an opera house; and the world of Mycenae, in an adjacent building, will be of a similar scale. Punchdrunk pioneered the breakthrough of immersive theatre in the UK, and this is their first London show since The Drowned Man in 2014. Since their last London show the company has been busy opening new shows around the world, and venturing into TV with The Third Day. Their long-running international productions include Sleep No More in New York and Shanghai - where it has been playing to sold out audiences since it re-opened in June 2020 following a Covid break. In Woolwich Arsenal, the venue for The Burnt City will see some of the buildings open to the public for the first time. The enormous size of the buildings, at over 100,000 square feet will provide a scale never before seen in a Punchdrunk show. The buildings will also host Punchdrunk's offices where the company develops new works across theatre, TV and gaming. Directed by Punchdrunk's Artistic Director, Felix Barrett, and Associate Director and Choreographer Maxine Doyle, The Burnt City is choreographed by Maxine Doyle, designed by Felix Barrett, Livi Vaughan and Beatrice Minns, with sound design by Stephen Dobbie, lighting design by FragmentNine, and costume design by David Israel Reynoso. The show's Creative Producer is Colin Nightingale.

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