Felix Barrett

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Felix Barrett, MBE is the artistic director of Punchdrunk,[1] a British theatre company internationally recognised as pioneering ways for audiences to experience culture, which he founded in 2000.[2][3][4] In 2015, a new company was formed, Punchdrunk International, which produces a selection of Punchdrunk’s commercial productions for national and international audiences.

Barrett is a graduate and Honorary Doctorate in Drama of the University of Exeter and was one of the first recipients of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund Award (supporting exceptional arts practitioners in the development of their vision).[5] He was appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to theatre.[6]

Barrett is the creator and executive producer of The Third Day, a co-production between Sky Studios and HBO, in partnership with Plan B Entertainment, writer Dennis Kelly and Punchdrunk International. It was the company's first TV production and aired in the UK and the US in 2020.[7]


  1. ^ Hoggard, Liz (2013-07-13). "Felix Barrett: the visionary who reinvented theatre | Observer profile". The Guardian (in British English). ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  2. ^ "Punchdrunk's next great act". Wired UK. 2017-12-22. ISSN 1357-0978. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  3. ^ "Felix Barrett: Up to his ears in theatre". The Independent. 2012-06-10. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  4. ^ Kelly, Guy (2015-06-19). "Punchdrunk visionary Felix Barrett: 'If audiences get used to the rules, change them'" (in British English). ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  5. ^ "Felix Barrett MBE | Honorary graduates | University of Exeter". www.exeter.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  6. ^ "Birthday Honours 2016: the Prime Minister's list: CSV - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  7. ^ "Punchdrunk expands into TV production with Sky series starring Jude Law". The Stage (in American English). Retrieved 2019-08-21.