The Burnt City, London

Punchdrunk’s The Burnt City

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 4 December 2022, 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 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.

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.

Punchdrunk Ticket Options

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

Reviews of 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 4 December 2022
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Saturday, Sunday

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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.

To ensure your safety and that of our performers, audience members are required to wear a Covid mask for the duration of the performance, unless they are exempt. You will need to bring this with you. We recommend KN95 or FFP2 grade masks which are widely available online and in chemists.

Alongside your Covid mask, you will be asked to wear one of Punchdrunk's signature theatrical masks. This will give you anonymity throughout the performance to help you feel empowered to explore at will, and also make you distinguishable from the performers. These masks can be taken off in the bar area. Your Punchdrunk mask will be provided as part of the performance and collected on exit. It will fit over most glasses. If you have the option, wearing contact lenses is recommended.

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.

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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