Punchdrunk to present ‘The Burnt City’, inspired by the fall of Troy

The theatre company will open a new theatre location at Woolwich Works.

Photo credit: Punchdrunk’s The Burnt City (Photo by Julian Abrams)

For the first time since 2014, the immersive theatre company Punchdrunk will present a new show in London. The Burnt City, which is inspired by the fall of Troy and Ancient Greece, will run at a site-specific location at Woolwich Works from 22 Mar. - 28 Aug. 2022. 

Not much is known about the full synopsis of The Burnt City, but audiences will be free to explore an ancient Greek landscape, complete with royal palaces and the Troy underworld to uncover mysteries. 

Press material for The Burnt City states: “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.”

The Burnt City will be staged at Woolwich Works, taking over three Grade II listed buildings. Using three buildings, The Burnt City will take up over 100,000 square feet. Once The Burnt City has finished its engagement, the building will become Punchdrunk’s permanent home.

The Burnt City creative team includes direction by Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle, with choreography by Doyle. Barrett, Livi Vaughan and Beatrice Minns provide scenic design, with costume design by David Israel Reynoso, lighting design by FragmentNine and sound design by Stephen Dobbie. Colin Nightingale serves as creative producer.

Formed in 2000, Punchdrunk are an internationally-acclaimed theatre company. Previous Punchdrunk shows in London include KaberoiThe Drowned Man, Tunnel 228 and Sleep No More.

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The Burnt City is at Woolwich Works from 22 Mar. - 28 Aug. 2022.

Photo credit: Punchdrunk’s The Burnt City (Photo by Julian Abrams)

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