New York | 1h 30m | Open run

Drunk Shakespeare

From 8 critic and 474 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Raunchy

About the show

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. More…

Every night in a hidden library on 47th and 8th with over 15,000 books 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 to be the King or Queen who helps run the show. Anything can, and does, happen. Craft cocktails available during the show.

1h 30m | Open run | The Lounge (Midtown W)


90
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

90
Classicalite

"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

85
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

75
CurtainUp

"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

75
Maxamoo

"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

70
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

70
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

60
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


100
Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare or drunken shenanigans. It's a fun night filled with unpredictable hilarity and booze - a must see!

Don't see it if you prefer serious performances, elaborate costumes, and fancy sets. Avoid completely if you don't like being a part of the show.

Also Went for my 21st birthday, and it was definitely a memorable night!

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if You're looking for a fun theater themed night out that isn't sitting quietly in a dark theater.

Don't see it if You don't like interpretations of Shakespeare or are easily offended.

100
Hilarious, Raunchy, Fluffy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like humorous, very tounge-in-cheek interpretations of classics, with a healthy dose of current political and pop culture references.

Don't see it if You are easily offended, rigid, or lacking a healthy sense of humor.

100
Clever, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if Take the bard and put a modern twist on it. Enjoy all sorts of antics framed by a Shakespeare play. Audience particpation throughout.

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist or don't like actor's addresssing you directly.

100
Hilarious, Indulgent, Quirky, Funny, Dizzying

See it if You love hanging out with your drunk theatre friends

Don't see it if You don't like silliness and Shakespeare

100
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you already have a basic appreciation of Shakespeare's classics but aren't too attached to the original text. Also if you enjoy alcohol.

Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare snob or don't like audience participation.

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if If you like Shakespeare and can get up in front of people and recite some lines or watch others do so.

Don't see it if If you do not like any of the reasons I listed as going to see it.

100
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You love shakespeare

Don't see it if You don't like stupid drunks

100
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoy drinking in a pub style area and watching a fast paced lively production with skilled actors tackle Shakespeare WHILE drinking

Don't see it if You're not a fan on a very moder approach to Shakespeare deeply tied in with improv. Also, if you're against seeing an actor get drunk.

Also I rated this a 100 because it's exactly what the name says... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if If you want you laugh and drink and see improv at it's best.

Don't see it if If you are not into interactive off color humor

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Edgy

See it if You like to be entertained

Don't see it if You don't like vulgarity

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you like making fun of shakespeare, laughing constantly, enjoy seeing people make fools of themselves

Don't see it if you don't like shakespearean adaptations or fun

100
Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Raunchy, Absorbing

See it if you like Shakespeare

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if you like shakespeare and aren't a stickler for tradition

Don't see it if you dont like shakespeare or don't believe he wrote dick jokes

100
Hilarious, Must see, Original, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if You enjoy shows that are wonderfully inappropriate in the best of ways!

Don't see it if You have any issue with profanity, drinking, and/or audience involvement.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Original

See it if you want to enjoy something fun and different

Don't see it if you get offended easily

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you are 21 or older and love comedy.

Don't see it if you dont like jokes and booze, yes at the same time.

100
Funny, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you want to laugh for 90 minutes and feel like you are on the inside of a joke

Don't see it if you don't like to have fun and drink.

100
Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You love Shakespeare, Drinking, Macbeth and humor.

Don't see it if You don't like the Bard to be altered in any way.

99
Clever, Hilarious, Must see, Masterful, Raunchy

See it if You enjoy bawdy improv of Shakespeare as well as drinking!!!! Some great acting even from the drunk actor.

Don't see it if If you are tight-assed and want your Shakespeare pure!!!!

99
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if If you want to have a great time out and laugh a lot this is the show for you

Don't see it if If you are closed minded and have no sense of humor

98
Clever, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Interactive

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare but don't take it too seriously.

Don't see it if You're looking for a traditional show or will be offended by left wing political views.

97
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Hilarious

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.

95
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if Very well done, cleaver and entertaining. A modern spin on Shakespeare, with drinking involved

Don't see it if you you do not like watching someone getting drunk and acting McBeth

95
Entertaining, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you want a fun experience and if you like Shakespeare! Incredibly well done.

Don't see it if you're expecting something super professional. This is in a small room where you're sitting on the "stage".


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$29 (reg. $55) Balcony seats
$35 (reg. $69) Mezzanine seats
$45 (reg. $89) Stage-Side seats

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Extra fees are $4 per ticket, but that's the standard charge on all tickets. Book by March 17. Valid for performances through March 17. Not all seats discounted. Discount code valid for $55 Balcony, $69 Mezzanine & $89 Stage-Side seats only. All purchases with credit/debit, including online/phone orders, will incur a $4 processing fee. Blackout dates may apply. Schedule & cast subject to change. Offer subject to availability. No exchanges or refunds; all sales final. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid for prior purchases. Ages 21+ only. HEALTH WARNING: We do not condone excessive drinking. Our actors have a regular rotation system and are carefully monitored at all times. Drinking in moderation can be fun. Drinking to excess can ruin your life. We promote healthy drinking.

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Balcony tickets (reg. $55)
$49 Mezzanune tickets (reg. $69)
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Valid for performances thru 9/29/18. Not all seats discounted. Discount code valid for Stage-Side, Mezzanine & Balcony seats only. All purchases with credit/debit, including online / phone orders, will incur a $4 processing fee. Blackout dates may apply. Schedule & cast subject to change. Offer subject to availability. No exchanges or refunds, all sales final. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid for prior purchases. Ages 21+ only. HEALTH WARNING: We do not condone excessive drinking. Our actors have a regular rotation system and are carefully monitored at all times. Drinking in moderation can be fun. Drinking to excess can ruin your life. We promote healthy drinking.

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$35 Balcony tickets
$49 Mezzanine tickets
$69 Stage-Side tickets

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Valid for performances thru 9/2/19. Not all seats discounted. Discount code valid for $55 Balcony, $69 Mezzanine & $89 Stage-Side seats only. All purchases with credit/debit, including online / phone orders, will incur a $4 processing fee. Blackout dates may apply. Schedule & cast subject to change. Offer subject to availability. No exchanges or refunds, all sales final. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid for prior purchases. Ages 21+ only. HEALTH WARNING: We do not condone excessive drinking. Our actors have a regular rotation system and are carefully monitored at all times. Drinking in moderation can be fun. Drinking to excess can ruin your life. We promote healthy drinking.

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