Punchdrunk Tackles Poe’s Red Death Post-Faust???
Date: 20 March 2007
Punchdrunk’s award-winning promenade production of Faust finishes its extended season at an abandoned warehouse in Wapping at the end of this month (31 March 2007), but the innovative site-specific company aims to be back with a new production in the autumn. It’s working on an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s 1842 short story "The Masque of the Red Death". Prince Prospero and a thousand other nobles have sought refuge in a luxurious walled abbey to escape a terrible plague sweeping the land. But when the prince holds a masquerade ball to entertain the abbey’s inhabitants, a guest wearing a mask depicting a Red Death victim surprises them all. Founded in 2000, Punchdrunk’s 2005’s promenade staging of Romeo and Juliet in a disused factory attracted the attention of Tom Morris, an associate director at the National Theatre, which subsequently supported the Faust season (See News, 21 Jul 2006).
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