About Punchdrunk

“Pioneers of the ‘Immersive Theatre’ phenomenon”

The Daily Telegraph

Founded in 2000 by Felix Barrett, Punchdrunk has pioneered a game-changing form of theatre which places the audience at the very heart of the action. Listed amongst the 50 most influential artists of the last 50 years (Sky Arts, 2022) alongside David Bowie, Sir Steve McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, Punchdrunk disrupts the theatrical norm, creating worlds in which audiences can rediscover the childlike excitement of exploring the unknown. 

Its iconic “mask” shows, which redefined the genre of immersive experiences, have been cited amongst the 40 creative moments that changed culture (Creative Review), and have found phenomenal success across the globe, with record-breaking productions established in the US, UK and China. The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable broke the National Theatre’s box office records, Sleep No More in New York has been playing to sell out audiences since 2011, and in Shanghai the show has been running since 2016, making it the longest running international show in the city’s history.

Alongside these landmark live theatrical experiences, Punchdrunk has taken its ground-breaking approach to cross-cultural collaborations in music, tech, fashion and TV: from projects with Rihanna to Jack White, Louis Vuitton to Alexander McQueen, and HBO to Brad Pitt’s Plan B Studios – most recently with TV series The Third Day, starring Jude Law, Naomie Harris, Katherine Waterston, Emily Watson and Paddy Considine which included the Bafta-nominated live event: The Third Day: Autumn: a 12-hour live episode, filmed in one continuous take.

Whether it’s a VR experience, a TV show, or a musical performance, the uniting thread across all of the company’s work is the aim to leave audiences feeling punchdrunk: spinning, seeing stars, and intoxicated by the magic of a live experience. 

Awards & Accolades

BAFTA TV Awards 2021
(The Third Day: Autumn)

Live Event Nomination

C21 International Drama Awards 2020
(The Third Day: Autumn)

Drama Quarterly CRaft Award

Toronto International Film Festival 2020
(The Third Day)

Official Selection

THEA Awards 2018
(Sleep No More, Shanghai)

THEA Award For Outstanding Achievement

Shanghai’s TV & Culture Awards 2017
(Sleep No More, Shanghai)

Best Breakthrough Act

Digital Dozen 2016

Breakthroughs in a Storytelling Award

Winner Cannes International Festival of Creative 2016
(Rihanna’s ANTIDiaRy)

Bronze Lion

Obie Awards 2011
(Sleep No More, New York)

Special Citation – Design, Sound, Lighting, Costumes & Choreography

The Guardian
(Masque of the Red Death)

50 Best Theatre Shows off the 21st Century

Critics’ Circle Theatre Award 2006

Best Designer

(The Drowned Man)

20 shows that have transformed the theatrical landscape this century