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Drunk Shakespeare

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Raunchy
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An actor drinks heavily (in the vein of Comedy Central's 'Drunk History') and then tries to corral others into enacting a story by the Bard.

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Every night, a Drunk Shakespeare society member will have at least five shots of whiskey and then attempt to perform in a Shakespearean play. Each performance by The Drunk Shakespeare Society requires a Patron, an audience member who helps run the show. Anything can, and does, happen.

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Reviews (303)

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The New York Times

"It seems inevitable that soon all performing will be done either plastered or stoned. Among the early adopters of this trend, probably no one is applying more verve to the conceit than the members of the Drunk Shakespeare Society. Here’s hoping others learn from their sloshy example...It offers considerably more fun than many Shakespeare productions, worth experiencing not to watch an actor get drunk, but to watch a cast juggle so many balls so adroitly." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"This self-described “drinking club with a Shakespeare problem” has, well, a Shakespeare problem. The good news is that it doesn’t have a comedy problem: this quintet had no trouble keeping the laughs frequent, buoyant, and loud for 90 solid minutes, and on some level, that’s all that matters. Still, they’re shallow laughs about things unrelated to what Shakespeare wrote." Full Review

AM New York

"It’s a pleasant mix of immersive theater, iambic pentameter, audience participation, slapstick comedy and bar hopping. The comic bits, while nowhere near as clever as what you’d find in “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged),” are at least cute. Some lines from the movie “Independence Day” may have also been inserted into the text." Full Review

Theater In The Now

"'Drunk Shakespeare' is an all inclusive night of fun and games. Be prepared to be pulled right into the action. And be prepared to shell out even more cash for overpriced drinks because one shot won’t do it. But hey, the drunker you are the more fun you're bound to have! Just ask my evening's drunk actor." Full Review


"A raucous, high-spirited and indeed drunken mashup of Shakespeare and improv, bedizened with singalongs and shoutalongs, crude ethnic jokes, dancing, rounds of shots, and assorted (and sordid) hilarity and chaos." Full Review


"It's a hit-and-miss production...Although there are stretches when more suds than Shakespearean substance flows, all in all, Drunk Shakespeare deserves a toast. It takes the Bard out of his Ivory Tower of elitism and makes him accessible to those who like their Bard with a beer." Full Review

The Wall Street Journal

"Drunk Shakespeare weaves improv comedy into Shakespeare's text. One actor in the play is given five shots of alcohol, often whiskey. Then, the thespian can interrupt the show by yelling "Drunk Point of Order!" and make up a rule that the other actors have to abide by. During a recent "Macbeth," Macduff demanded that fellow actors instead call him "MacDaddy." " Full Review


"This performance was entertaining, but less cohesive than past intoxicated Shakespeare performances we attended...In the balance between Shakespeare and booze, the latter triumphs here." Full Review

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Funny, Quirky, Raunchy, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if You want some serious fun! Would have scored it higher if the pun wasn't calling my name.

Don't see it if Not a family show nor is it Shakespeare in the typical sense. Modern reinvention for sure! Also not fun if you don't like libations.

Funny, Dizzying, Raunchy, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you want an evening of total silliness & fun w/a group of friends. A little bit of Shakespeare knowledge helps. Can be messy, can be crude.

Don't see it if loud risque humor bugs you. They DO work their improv/prepared tails off, albeit messy & over-the-top & confusing as they all can be.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like drunk history

Don't see it if you don't like drunk history

Bawdy, Boisterous, Brash

See it if you enjoy immersion, audience participation, and improv

Don't see it if you're precious about Shakespeare's text

Clever, Entertaining, Fun, Youthful, Saturday night shakespeare

See it if You want a fun night out with friends or a date in an unusual space. Acting is high energy and gags/jokes are clever.

Don't see it if You only take your Shakespeare straight or you dislike a bit of "bro" atmosphere.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Dizzying, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy having fun with your Shakespeare and don't have to take it seriously. You like to laugh/drink/and, at some points, interact.

Don't see it if You don't like mildly interactive shows or a loosy-goosy feel to your theater, you don't like to watch super talented actors have silly fun.

Intelligent, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you know some Shakespeare and want to have a great time. Still a lot of fun, even if you don't know a lot about Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you are a prude with no sense of humor.

Edgy, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy making fun of Shakespeare with improvising actors and crude, sexual humor

Don't see it if You're easily offended or uncomfortable, or don't like Shakespeare

Interactive, Hilarious, Great improv, Impressive classical text skills, Not similar to any other theatre experience

See it if you desire an interactive, improv fueled, skillful use of classical text, heady cocktail of laughter & mayhem, it is MacB after all...

Don't see it if not interested in drinking, Shakespeare, having fun, participating, topical references, seeing talented actor/improv technicians work magic

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if You want a different type of Shakespeare, you enjoy silly drunken acting

Don't see it if You are serious about shakesphere,don't want to see raunchy, silly shows and are looking for a serious show

Funny, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy raunchy, ridiculous humor mixed in with booze and shakespeare.

Don't see it if you're offended by drinking (duh) or cheap laughs scored from lewd jokes.

Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you want to waste an evening of your time. Maybe my age (61) made me miss too many of the pop culture references, but it was excruciating.

Don't see it if you value your time.

Clever, Dizzying, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You want to have fun and drink while doing so

Don't see it if You're a tradition-keeper

Funny, Ambitious, Delightful, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if All your friends raved about this. At the very least, you will be entertained.

Don't see it if Don't like Shakespeare at all or you are a Shakespeare purist

Funny, Edgy, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a rowdy show with little formal structure. Very engaging and interactive.

Don't see it if you aren't in the mood to be called upon by cast members or don't appreciate raunchy humor.

Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare, raucous humor, and witty (and at times crass) improv.

Don't see it if you are looking for a wholesome evening of theater or audience participation terrifies you.

Funny, Clever, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like Shakespeare and like to laugh. I love Shakespeare and it was hilarious to see the performers performing under the influence. LOL

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh and cannot follow Shakespeare.

Funny, Intense, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of audience-participation, you like Shakespeare, and you like improv comedy

Don't see it if you're looking for traditional Shakespeare, you're are looking for a night to sit back and relax, or if you're under 21 [it's 21+ only]

Funny, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if A fun improv-y night out/ Will see again.

Don't see it if You don't like improv.

Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you like shakespeare and want to see it with a twist

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of shakespeare

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You are looking for a fun time with silly renditions of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare satire.

Funny, Original, Masterful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy funny takes on classic theater filled with drinking, audience interaction, and modern jokes. You want to have a great time.

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare verbatim and acted by classically trained actors, you abhor alcohol, or you don't enjoy humor.

Funny, Original, Clever, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the show "Drunk History," if you want a fun night out with friends

Don't see it if you are hoping for a show rather than an experience; you don't like laughing at actors who are laughing at themselves

Raunchy, Fun

See it if you're looking for a frat party with a Shakespeare background done by a talented improv troupe.

Don't see it if you're afraid of audience participation, though you can mostly escape by sitting in the mezzanine. There's lots of sex humor.

Funny, Original, Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and are not looking for a particularly serious night out. Funny, but is ultimately a joke with reverence for the Bard.

Don't see it if you can't handle people making fun of William Shakespeare or if you do not like drinking humor. It helps to go in knowing some references.