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
82
Avg Score

80
Funny, Intelligent

See it if you like alcohol, improv, and reinvented Shakespeare (I feel like I learned a lot!)

Don't see it if you prefer your Shakespeare more straitlaced and traditional

91
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Hilarious

See it if You want your sides to ache from laughing. Want to see a hilarious side of Shakesphere with current political comments and innuendos.

Don't see it if If you don't like profanity or are not able to scream and curse

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.

73
Clever, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if you plan on drinking on par with the cast

Don't see it if you love classical theater, this is Shakespeare, yes, but not the classical version

90
Entertaining, Hilarious, Refreshing, Epic, Funny

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

70
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if An engaging cast combines the love of Shakespeare and booze effortlessly.

Don't see it if The energy is high during this production and the audience becomes a part of a rather enjoyable evening at the theater.

75
Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like Shakespeare and drinking, especially together

Don't see it if you are expecting a serious production of Shakespeare. It's abbreviated and goofy.

76
Delightful, Funny, Indulgent

See it if want irreverent and farcical take on Shakespeare. Enjoy audience participation. Emphasize a fun experience.

Don't see it if Want to enjoy the play as the concept and interjections basically kill Macbeth as written even the great monologues can't land.

90
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Original, Quirky

See it if you like your Bard with a side of booze.

Don't see it if you're deathly afraid of audience participation.

70
Brash, Boisterous, Bawdy

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

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

80
Clever, Drunk, Hilarious, Cocktail bar alternative

See it if You like Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and getting hammered.

Don't see it if You don't drink and/or don't know Shakespeare.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see

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.

24
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.

83
Ambitious, Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent, Raunchy

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.

84
Fun, Raunchy

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.

70
Clever, Cliched, Great staging, Original

See it if You love the idea of theater and a bar combined

Don't see it if You want to see great Shakespeare

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

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.

91
Absorbing, Delightful, Hilarious, Raunchy, Must see

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

78
Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Slightly disappointing, Not especially memorable

See it if you're in the mood for exactly the kind of humor you'd expect from Drunk Shakespeare -- entertaining in the moment but not esp. memorable

Don't see it if you're not a fan of improv comedy or if you find drunk antics annoying

85
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

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.

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;

85
Clever, Funny, 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.

75
Entertaining, Overrated, Quirky, Edgy, Not bad

See it if You are adventurous, spontaneous, like to have fun & drinking at the same time. It's full of interactions & surprises, could be intimidating

Don't see it if You do mind profanity. And not sure about forced interaction.

75
Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if you like Shakespeare and drinking.

Don't see it if You don't think Shakespeare should be messed with.

80
Funny, Fluffy, Quirky, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if You want to laugh and have a different night out experience. Like to see people having fun with Macbeth.

Don't see it if You are expecting a full on production of Macbeth. Or don’t like jokes that make fun of our current state of affairs or president.


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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