Battersea Old Town Hall, UK • 2007-2008

Presented by Punchdrunk and Battersea Arts Centre.


Combining the classic tales of Edgar Allan Poe with the buried Victorian origins of Battersea Old Town Hall, The Masque Of The Red Death lured audiences into a macabre world of mystery and the supernatural.

Exploring some of Poe's most disturbing themes and obsessions and populated by a large cast of bizarre characters, The Masque Of The Red Death played for a 7-month sold out run and was seen by over 40,000 people.


"Mind glowingly imaginative." 

Paul Taylor, The Independent


"This extraordinary performance confirms Punchdrunk's reputation as one of the most exciting and boundary breaking ensembles in contemporary theatre. It's totally disorientating at first but if one surrenders to the experience, the effect of The Masque Of The Red Death is transformative."

Karen Fricker, Variety


"Without question the most extraordinary dramatic event you will find in any British theatre." 

Sunday Telegraph


Directors: Felix Barrett & Maxine Doyle
Assistant Director: Elgiva Field
Designers: Felix Barrett, Livi Vaughan (Dressing), Beatrice Minns (Detail)
Lighting Designer: Matt Prentice
Sound & Graphic Design: Stephen Dobbie
Costume Design: Tina Bicât
Creative & Production Consultant: Colin Nightingale



Photos by Stephen Dobbie