Punchdrunk - The Burnt City at Woolwich Arsenal

Punchdrunk’s The Burnt City

Woolwich Works, 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.

Opening on 22 March 2022, and running for a limited season until 28 August 2022, The Burnt City will be performed in the massive new Woolwich Works space in Woolwich Arsenal. 

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 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 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 is The Burnt City about?

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 is in The Burnt City cast?

Casting is to be announced for this new show.

Creative Team

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.

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.

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.

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Additional 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
22 March 2022 - 28 August 2022
Special notes
This is a promenade production. Comfortable footwear recommended.

Venue Information

Woolwich Works, 11 No. 1 Street, SE18 6HD
Nearest Tube or Train: Woolwich Arsenal Rail, Woolwich Arsenal DLR
Nearest Buses: 51, 96, 122, 161, 177, 180, 244

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