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)


Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Raunchy

Disappointing, Overrated, Confusing, Excruciating, Banal

See it if you are in fact also drunk--that may be the only way to enjoy this show.

Don't see it if you are expecting a clever way of poking fun at Shakespeare. Even the sober actors act like they are drunk and the result is just a mess.

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Indulgent

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.

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if you want to waste your time.

Don't see it if you hate sophomoric and indulgent work.

Confusing, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like to see drunk people

Don't see it if you dislike shakespear

Banal, Dated, Lowbrow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if If you don't like seeing & hearing Shakespeare this is your antidote-it trivializes the characters and story.

Don't see it if You want theater than means something and watching people get drunk & stupid is not your idea of either enterainment or insight.

Raunchy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You Like to see talented people waste their efforts

Don't see it if You Like Shakespeare or don't mind alcohol induced jokes that only 30 will get

Quirky, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you are a die-hard Shakespeare fan who needs to see every rendition and adaptation of his stories.

Don't see it if you are looking for something with substance. The character who took shots before the play was so drunk, I couldn't follow the new storyline

Disappointing, Dated, Edgy, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if like to see where you get encouraged to drink.

Don't see it if you hate dry comedy

Unprofessional and painful to sit through. only one actor, david, could be understood any lines of this so called theatre. it seemed like a bunch of children with nothing else to do except make toilet jokes and sex jokes that were boring, trite and corney, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if No one who expects to be entertained

Don't see it if It’s corney, unintelligible, and just plain boring.

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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