Open run | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Drunk Shakespeare

From 568 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)

Member Reviews (568)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Raunchy

55
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a classically trained cast have fun with Shakespeare in a frat-boy manner. You enjoy improv.

Don't see it if You want more Shakespeare & less drunk. You don't like audience participation. You want traditional Shakespeare. You want silly, not stupid.

Also I enjoy re-interpretations of classics that don't take them too seriou... Read more Read less

67
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in getting drunk, while bored.

Don't see it if You are expecting to be entertained.

51
Funny, Overrated, Raunchy, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if I saw this show 2x. In 2014, was hysterical, w/ great Shakespearean acting. Last year, it was overloaded with foulness, down 25 notches.

Don't see it if If you hate drunkenness, foul language and bad acting, or any combination of the above. Every other word is "f..."

67
Clever, Slow, Quirky

See it if You are going out with a group and are up for an interactive experience. It's fun, it's drunk, but it's still Shakespeare in old english...

Don't see it if The thought of being called on horrifies you or you cannot tolerate Shakespeare content.

57
Clever, Slow, Quirky

See it if If you understand Shakespeare and just want to have a fun time;

Don't see it if If you're not a Shakespeare buff and love to empathize with characters;

69
Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious, Engaging, Interactive

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

65
Confusing, Disappointing, So-so, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you want another view to shakespeare

Don't see it if but really what's the point of drunken attempt at humor

60
Entertaining

See it if Want to see an actor get drunk and others try to keep the storyline, and enjoy Some moments of good soliloquies, or see a long sketch.

Don't see it if If you like seeing shows by yourself (like I do). If you want to see a hilarious show, not a long comedy hour.

Also I went by myself and the main actor seemed determined to ignore me at ... Read more Read less

69
Funny, Fluffy, Indulgent, Raunchy, Quirky

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.

68
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]

50
Excruciating, Overrated, Insipid

See it if You're into sophomoric drunkfest, after coming into Manhattan from a bridge or tunnel. Only redeeming quality is the venue, itself.

Don't see it if You want a modicum of substance to your evening: I don't even think designated actor was drunk; assuming this, the acting was o.k.

69
Clever, Funny, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if find a lot of manic acting and some sophomoric antics entertaining and hilarious - and you are familiar with Macbeth.

Don't see it if you're not interested in a manic, somewhat confusing show (and I don't confuse easily). Not nearly as funny as I thought it would be.

Also I was very looking forward to this show (having heard it was hysterica... Read more Read less

60
Raunchy, Indulgent, Funny

See it if You enjoy a rowdy time.

Don't see it if You were hoping for traditional Shakespeare.

50
Ambitious, Plot is lacking, Cliched, Great staging, Overrated

See it if you have kids who need a distraction.

Don't see it if you find Disney to be rather cliché and gauche.

50
Entertaining, Dated, Disappointing, Funny, Banal

See it if You'll like it if you like parodies and Shakespeare, are an out-of-towner looking for something less serious and more bawdry than Broadway.

Don't see it if You don't find (sometimes dated) reference humor inherently funny. The drinking game is framing, it's essentially just a Shakepeare parody.

Also There are genuinely funny moments, with some off-the-cuff moments that... Read more Read less

60
Raunchy, Overrated, Indulgent, Great staging, Loud

See it if you want to attend a millennial frat party that uses the canvas of Shakespeare on which to splatter forced farce and yuks

Don't see it if you dislike lots of sexual references as there are lots of those or if you are bothered by the noise of boisterous encouragement

Also I must add that I've been just this one time. A dear, educated friend ... Read more Read less

59
Disappointing, Indulgent, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you love improv and would rather go to a frat party than the theater. Gimmicky, and the cast seemed to be having more fun than the audience

Don't see it if ...you're looking for something clever & truly improvised. It's clear the script is the same every night with a few small variables changed.

50
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You don’t want to spend much money and you are really up for anything...or nothing.

Don't see it if You like alcohol in your overpriced drinks, you are expecting more than Macbeth, you have hearing trouble. It’s very difficult to hear.

55
Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if Like drunk people acting out Shakespeare

Don't see it if If you want to see a real Broadway show

66
Raunchy, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You like bawdy plays with audience participation. You enjoy Shakespeare parodies

Don't see it if You don't like bawdiness and fraternity style drinking parties.

54
Edgy, Funny, Overrated, Silly

See it if love drinking and drunkenness, some fun mixed with craziness.

Don't see it if you don't like displays of drunkenness combined with silliness. I found it to be just too ridiculous, although parts were amusing at times.

58
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You like Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You're not that good at figuring out confusing plots.

69
Raunchy, Quirky, Hilarious, Delightful, Funny

See it if If you enjoy Shakespeare....but don't take yourself too seriously. And like to drink! Everything is more fun with alchocol!

Don't see it if You are serious about your Shakespeare

50
Confusing, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if I was underwhelmed but give the show 50 as others seemed to enjoy it Mostly weak dialog and acting

Don't see it if I thought the dialog and jokes were weak. If you’re not into Shakespeare you might not have much fun either

60
Funny, Slow, Refreshing, Dizzying

See it if You are looking to get drunk and watch drunk actors perform Shakespeare.

Don't see it if Looking for a traditional show.


January 25th, 2016
"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 ...
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August 26th, 2014
"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," ...
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May 21st, 2014
"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...
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May 15th, 2014
"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. St...
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