The Burnt City (London)
Ends Dec 2022 3h 0m
The Burnt City (London)
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The Burnt City (London) London Reviews and Tickets

78%
(9 Reviews)
Positive
67%
Mixed
22%
Negative
11%
Members say
Great staging, Clever, Absorbing, Must see, Ambitious

Punchdrunk's new immersive show inspired by Greek mythology.

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Member Reviews (9)

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343 Reviews | 69 Followers
100
Riveting, Transportive, Dazzling

See it if you have any interest at all.

Don't see it if you don’t like the Punchdrunk white mask format. Read more

36 Reviews | 2 Followers
30
Banal, Slow, Overrated

See it if You fancy spaffing £80 on nothing much

Don't see it if you expect anything other than images Read more

23 Reviews | 0 Followers
90
Great staging, Must see, Epic, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You like theatre to be out of the box, immersive, different, where you choose your own storyline

Don't see it if You like sitting down, you don’t like getting involved, if you’re timid

JY
16 Reviews | 1 Follower
65
Excruciating, Great staging, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You enjoy production value. The spaces you walk thru/explore are beautifully done, as is the norm for Punchdrunk. You like to make choices.

Don't see it if You want any semblance of a coherent story, & I did research beforehand. "Sleep No More" was a much better experience. This was just random.

13 Reviews | 0 Followers
97
Indulgent, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You've been to other "immersive theatre" things before and thought they weren't any good. PunchDrunk do immersion right, impressively so.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable in dark or crowded spaces, can't be on your feet for 3 hours, or you're unwilling to try something a bit different.

9 Reviews | 0 Followers
55
Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if An immersive wonderland with plenty of secrets to uncover

Don't see it if Not as detailed as previous shows, expensive and pretentious and clumsy production on a unsuitable site, many staff make exploring burden

5 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy immersive theatre, classic Greek texts, and inspired storytelling.

Don't see it if You don't like/get immersive theatre... 3 hours of walking around sets may not be for you.

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
80
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You’ve never seen a Punchdrunk show before! Love immersing yourself in a theatrical experience alone. Enjoy detailed and clever design

Don't see it if Want to replicate your experience of The Drowned Man - you might be disappointed.

Critic Reviews (8)

Time Out London
April 21st, 2022

The show is rich and strange and drenched in Easter egg references to Greek mythology. I think it’s an extraordinarily beautifully wrought tribute to the savage, doomy mysticism of Greek mythology.
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The Telegraph (UK)
April 21st, 2022

[It] has some good ideas, but lacks the surprise of their greatest work. For every ‘through the wardrobe’ moment of wonder I experienced there were times when I felt as if I was banging my head against a brick wall. The huge redeeming feature lay in the closing sections.
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The London Evening Standard
April 21st, 2022

I slightly resent the way immersive theatre relies on FOMO ... [but] I was overawed by the rich, vivid, momentous achievement of Barratt, Doyle and their cast and cohorts here. Simply astonishing.
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The Guardian (UK)
April 21st, 2022

The set ... has an intimate filmic beauty. The Burnt City is an epic set-up without enough epic storytelling. So it is frustrating that they do not build more of it into the production. That said, those who are satisfied with spectacle above story will enjoy this meticulously crafted show.
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WhatsOnStage
April 22nd, 2022

[It] is magnificently staged. Co-director Maxine Doyle's choreography is, throughout, utterly transporting. It was beautiful and memorable, but I longed for more to help me make sense of it.
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The Times (UK)
April 21st, 2022

The narrative is so flimsy and opaque that you could just as easily convince yourself that you’ve wandered into an avant-garde version of Cabaret. In the gloom, it’s hard to make out much detail. Thereafter you fumble your way through.
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The Arts Desk
April 27th, 2022

It’s ... a constantly unsettling and enthralling experience that constantly challenges you to push the limits of your curiosity ... where Punchdrunk excels is in demanding as much of the audience members as of the performers.
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The Stage (UK)
April 22nd, 2022

The cast is outstanding, executing Doyle’s innovative, visceral choreography with precision and style. The Burnt City stands apart in terms of its ambition and beauty. Its intoxicating, clever storytelling.
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