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
Avg Score

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Epic

See it if You want to laugh, don’t take yourself too seriously, and can have some fun in a small atmosphere

Don't see it if You are no fun at all, are uptight and snooty or don’t want to enjoy yourself

Delightful, Edgy, Hilarious, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if If you love improv combined with a Shakespeare classic. Intimate setting so you are right in the middle of the play.

Don't see it if You don’t have a good sense of humor, or were expecting a faithful rendition of MacBeth

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if You want to laugh for an hour and half straight. Great improve mixed with Shakespeare!

Don't see it if You want a true Shakespeare play experience.

Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Epic, Riveting

See it if Just see it.

Don't see it if You’re an idiot

Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if you like drinking and a fast-paced play

Don't see it if you aren't comfortable with a little raunchy humor

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if You enjoy new interpretations of something classic, you love to laugh at silly antics and you enjoy the opportunity to participate

Don't see it if you're devoted to maintaining a classic in it's original form or are uncomfortable with blunt raunchy humor.

Hilarious, Raunchy, Delightful, Funny, Must see

See it if You want to repeatedly cry with laughter.

Don't see it if You take Shakespeare too seriously.

Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Raunchy

See it if You enjoy being a part of a show that is unique every night with each new audience

Don't see it if You are intimidated by audience participation, do not enjoy sexual humor, or prefer organization in a play

Raunchy, Hilarious, Absorbing, Funny, Great staging

See it if You enjoy engaging comedy that is somewhat raunchy! Also if you enjoy drinking.

Don't see it if You are offended or uncomfortable with sexual humor, you don’t like to be engaged physically with the actors, or you’re a snooty buzzkill.

Funny, Hilarious, Clever, Entertaining, Must see

See it if If you want to get inebriated and laugh the whole time. The cast is playful and involves the audience (especially if you're king/queen).

Don't see it if You want cheek pain the next day from laughing so hard.

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy humor, alcohol, modernization of works of shakespeare

Don't see it if you are a prude

Great acting, Hilarious, Raunchy, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You love comedy and improv and seeing incredibly talented actors cut loose.

Don't see it if You are a square.

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see, Intelligent

See it if You’re looking for something light hearted and hilarious, not typical broadway show, be part of the show instead of watching from a distance

Don't see it if You are put off by language and sexual innuendos

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You want to laugh a lot

Don't see it if There is always a reason to see it

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if You want to have an uproariously good time with engaging who talk to you, while taking on Shakespeare in their own unique way

Don't see it if You’re an alcoholic, or think that $5 kettle chips spell societal downfall

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful

See it if If you like pop culture references mixed with Shakespeare.

Don't see it if Don't like humour :p

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if Fast paced fun entertainment. Audience participation.

Don't see it if You’re not ready for a raucous evening!

Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Hilarious, Edgy

See it if Fun night with our mid twenties children! Entertaining with lots of laughs.

Don't see it if You have young children with you.

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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