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.

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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.


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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 fee is $4 per ticket, but that's the standard charge on all tickets. Book by April 2. Valid for performances thru Sept. 29. 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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$35 Balcony
$49 Mezzanine
$69 Stage-Side

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Performances Schedule - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun. 4pm. 7:30pm, 8pm, 10pm. 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 (reg. $55)
$49* Mezzanune tickets (reg. $69)
$69* Stage-Side tickets (reg. $89)

Performance Schedule: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun. 4pm. 7:30pm, 8pm, 10pm.


Terms
Valid for performances thru 1/27/18. 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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See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews

85
Funny, Ambitious, Dizzying, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if you know the basic concept of Shakepearean shows, you are willing to spend a bit on some liquor.

Don't see it if You know nothing about Shakespeare and you aren't willing to be silly.

91
Absorbing, Delightful, Must see, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if you want to laugh continuously and don't mind a bit of (mild) audience participation.

Don't see it if you're looking for something serious or don't approve of intoxication as a component of humor.

Also I cannot recommend this highly enough! It's hilarious, keeps you engag... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Exciting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you love Shakespeare or you love drinking

Don't see it if you want to see a lavish show with finesse and poise - you're sitting close to your seat mates, drinking, and cheering

90
Funny, Epic, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you want to live a really immersive theater experience, live Shakespeare in a modern way. You can drink in a library, interact with the cast

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare and drink.

Also My friend was the king and I was the waterboy. They gave us Champagne,... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy shakespeare and drinking.

Don't see it if you expect traditional shakespeare.

Also you will probably enjoy the show more when drunk. The cast are incredi... Read more Read less

70
Funny, Clever, Great staging, In your face, Ineteractive

See it if you want to see a group of charismatic young actors ham up a kooky script and are open to meeting new people. (It's a pretty social show)

Don't see it if you don't know "Macbeth" since this is the main play it's based on.

70
Entertaining

See it if Good show

Don't see it if If you don't like to laugh

72
Funny, Dizzying, Disappointing, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if you like "improve style" comedy using the Bard as a jumping off point. Many of his soliloquies, and characters, with comic asides, & booze.

Don't see it if you are a bard traditionalist. I've seen better parodies. - And I don't think the drinking added much. Fun concept & the actors worked hard

80
Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You want some fun with a dash of Shakespear; better with drinks

Don't see it if You are totally unfamiliar with Shakespear or want it presented in original form

79
Funny, Raunchy, Refreshing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Shakespeare and want to see a twist on one of his plays. Currently it is MacBeth. I recommend drinking a few drinks before.

Don't see it if you don't want to see Improv based on MacBeth.

69
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.

83
Ambitious, Intelligent, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy revelling in the lower elements of The Bard's works.

Don't see it if you're easily offended, or have lofty notions of what Shakespeare is "supposed" to be be.

75
Dizzying, Raunchy, Confusing, Entertaining, Immersive

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 interactive shows bug you. They DO work their improv/prepared asses off, albeit messy, over-the-top, confusing as hell, but fun!

69
Funny, Ambitious, Interactive, Entertaining, Engaging

See it if you're in a mood to have a silly fun time w/ friends? or maybe by yourself wanting to kill boredom? - Laughter is still the best medicine !

Don't see it if you are clueless of any Shakesperean work (particularly Macbeth-the one I saw -not sure if they use same play all the time but i think so).

Also I like the unconventional set up of the venue (like a library/bar?), t... Read more Read less

92
Funny, Clever, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You're looking to see some hilarious, intelligent, Shakespeare-driven improv. I'm planning on seeing it again.

Don't see it if You're looking to see a traditional play.

88
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like drunk history

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

75
Clever, Dizzying, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you and your friends want to spend a hilariously boozy evening getting the gist of a Shakespeare play.

Don't see it if a boozy atmosphere is not your idea of fun.

77
Clever

See it if Hilarious shenanigans.

Don't see it if You're not into irreverence and constant references to what celebrities people look like!

85
Funny, Clever, Shakespeare

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and comedy! And drinking.

Don't see it if you are under 21 years old; you won't be allowed in.

70
Funny, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for a fun late night show.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Shakespeare.

82
Funny, Clever, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you like to laugh, like improve, and like to sit in really close proximity to others - and the drinking doesn't hurt either.

Don't see it if you really want to see good Shakespeare.

75
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like clever slapstick and a fun crowd

Don't see it if You're wanting serious Shakespeare

70
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

78
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.

80
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.


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