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Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More to be staged in Shanghai

Felix Barrett.
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Punchdrunk’s production of Sleep No More is to open in Shanghai later this year, marking the company’s premiere in Asia.

Staged in a five storey disused building, which the company is calling the McKinnon Hotel, the show will open in December, with dates to be confirmed.

A cast of 30 will perform in 90 different rooms.

The production marks the first time Punchdrunk International has co-produced with Chinese partners SMG Live.

A retelling of Macbeth, the show originally ran in 2003 in London and currently runs in New York.

Felix Barrett, artistic director of Punchdrunk, said the international reaction to the show had been “overwhelming”.

“We’re thrilled to have this wonderful opportunity to premiere our work in Asia for the first time,” he added.

Barrett has co-directed the play, and is also the co-designer, as well as lighting designer. Maxine Doyle is the show’s co-director, and is also choreographer.

Livi Vaughan and Beatrice Minns are co-designers, with Stephen Dobbie overseeing sound. Costumes are by David Isreal Reynoso.