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

75
Raunchy, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if You enjoy making fun of Shakespeare with improvising actors and crude, sexual humor

Don't see it if You're easily offended or uncomfortable, or don't like Shakespeare

100
Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You love Shakespeare, Drinking, Macbeth and humor.

Don't see it if You don't like the Bard to be altered in any way.

70
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You know Shakespeare plays and want a new spin!

Don't see it if You like Shakespeare as it is!

75
Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy humor/improv revolving around Shakespeare, contemporary events and culture. intimate setting. alcohol permitted.

Don't see it if you think photography should be prohibited during a theatrical event. you don't enjoy being around a largely intoxicated crowd.

88
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like drunk history

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

70
Raunchy, Original, Entertaining

See it if you want unpredictable entertainment.

Don't see it if you're a die-hard Shakespeare fan that want's to see the bard's work done well.

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

73
Raunchy, Quirky, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want a different type of Shakespeare, you enjoy silly drunken acting

Don't see it if You are serious about shakesphere,don't want to see raunchy, silly shows and are looking for a serious show

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

88
Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Original, Masterful

See it if You enjoy funny takes on classic theater filled with drinking, audience interaction, and modern jokes. You want to have a great time.

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare verbatim and acted by classically trained actors, you abhor alcohol, or you don't enjoy humor.

90
Funny, Exciting, Entertaining, Delightful

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

78
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy raunchy, ridiculous humor mixed in with booze and shakespeare.

Don't see it if you're offended by drinking (duh) or cheap laughs scored from lewd jokes.

90
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you want a REALLY FUN night, you dislike/love/are lukewarm to Shakespeare (it really doesn't matter)

Don't see it if you're a Shakespearean purist, you want something really thought-provoking, alcohol is not your thing

83
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You wanna have a good time. Not a typical show. More like an improv night with some shakespeare in it. Fun from beginning to end.

Don't see it if You are looking for a typical broadway, off broadway show. This is just a fun 90 minutes.

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if You just wanna have a hilariously good time, like Shakespeare but don’t wanna watch a three-hour production, you’re a fan of drinking

Don't see it if You want a traditional Shakespeare experience, a traditional theatre experience, or aren’t a fan of drinking or drunk people

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!

80
Clever, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if If you are with a group for a fun night out, you like interactive theater, you like your bard to be bawdy (including the tragedies.)

Don't see it if You want to see classic Shakespeare done seriously, you don't like bawdy or raunchy humor, you are looking for a family show.

70
Raunchy, Funny, 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.

80
Cliched, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

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
Entertaining

See it if Good show

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

80
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you like shakespeare and want to see it with a twist

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of shakespeare

90
Great staging, Hilarious, Intelligent, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if you know some Shakespeare and want to have a great time. Still a lot of fun, even if you don't know a lot about Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you are a prude with no sense of humor.

70
Clever, Dizzying, Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy

See it if you like Shakespeare and impressively managed comedy in an intimate venue

Don't see it if you want "proper" Shakespeare or are offended by innuendo or swearing

75
Ambitious, Disappointing, Funny, Indulgent, Original

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and are not looking for a particularly serious night out. Funny, but is ultimately a joke with reverence for the Bard.

Don't see it if you can't handle people making fun of William Shakespeare or if you do not like drinking humor. It helps to go in knowing some references.

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


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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