A meal and a story told

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A new restaurant opening this week in New York has more than just good food on the menu.

The British theater company Punchdrunk unveils a chic eatery as part of its immersive, genre–bending show “Sleep No More,” promising patrons yummy roasts, savoury pies and something else.

“If you’re curious, if you’re observant, maybe you’ll notice that things aren’t always as they seem,” says Felix Barrett, the company founder. “We’re trying to create a space that’s full of surprises.” The 140–seat restaurant, called The Heath, will be run by chef R.L. King.

The show, produced by the company Emursive, quickly became a huge word–of–mouth hit as excited audience members told friends about being handed Venetian–style masks to wear and encouraged to rummage about the space or follow some 25 performers who act out mostly wordless scenes inspired by Shakespeare’s play while dressed in 1930s outfits. “This isn’t some kind of haunted house eating experience. It’s the opposite of that,” Barrett says. “We’re actually just looking at how can you tell a story as you eat.”AP



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