21 Wapping Lane
London E1W 2RH

National Theatre 020 7452 3000
Tues to Sat until March 31
�25 (�20 conc)

This is the stuff of fevered imaginations. Theatre company Punchdrunk has taken over a disused warehouse in Wapping and turned it into a surreal 1950s fantasy based on Goethe's tale. Forget linear narrative: here the audience wanders at will, wearing white masks for anonymity, through a moody labyrinth, following whichever character piques their interest. One minute you�re groping through a chilly forest, the next you stumble across sex and violence in a bar. It's damn powerful stuff. But don't go expecting theatre in any normal sense � this is as much about what your own mind conjures up as what the director wants you to see. An immersive experience like no other.

Tina Lofthouse