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
Silly, Confusing, Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy

See it if you are like booze and Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you know nothing about Shakespeare.

70
Clever, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you are looking for a fun, low-key date night and watching a drunk actor slur Shakespeare sounds funny to you.

Don't see it if being surrounded by the bridge and tunnel crowd on the weekends would frustrate you.

85
Clever, Dizzying, Quirky, Raunchy, Funny

See it if you can loosen up & get a kick out of a silly take on Shakespeare. I saw it awhile ago with three friends & we were in just the right mood!

Don't see it if you have a stick up your you-know-wha & are a Shakes purist. It's meant to be tongue in cheek & YOU will also get to drink. It helps the fun

76
High energy, Silly, Lowbrow

See it if you've pregamed. If you're in the mood for a silly show that's not above lowest common denominator humor. Fun energy.

Don't see it if you don't like profanity or lots of sex jokes.

Also One of the show's tag lines is "We're a drinking club with a Shakespea... Read more Read less

85
Ambitious, Funny, Dizzying, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if you know the basic concept of Shakepearean shows, you are willing to spend a bit on some liquor.

Don't see it if You know nothing about Shakespeare and you aren't willing to be silly.

80
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if If you want a good laugh and enjoy audience participation

Don't see it if If you dont like profanity and sexual actions

92
Clever, Masterful, Intelligent, Fun, Original

See it if You enjoy shakespeare and new twists

Don't see it if You do not like when shows are reimagined

70
Funny, Raunchy, Impressive, Fun

See it if You love Shakespeare in any form, the athleticism of performing Shakespeare while astonishingly drunk, or the hilarious antics of improv.

Don't see it if You find the bastardization of the immortal Bard offensive. Of if you find offensive humor offensive.

82
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy

See it if you like to laugh, like improve, and like to sit in really close proximity to others - and the drinking doesn't hurt either.

Don't see it if you really want to see good Shakespeare.

75
Entertaining, Funny, Original, Raunchy, Clever

See it if you enjoy the show "Drunk History," if you want a fun night out with friends

Don't see it if you are hoping for a show rather than an experience; you don't like laughing at actors who are laughing at themselves

80
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Raunchy

See it if You enjoy a good evening of drinking and Shakespeare. The actors are well rehearsed in the art of planned improve. A delightful treat!

Don't see it if You are expecting a classical Shakespeare. This is NOT that kind of evening.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Original

See it if you want to enjoy something fun and different

Don't see it if you get offended easily

80
Hilarious, Funny, Creative, Entertaining

See it if You want to spend 90 mins laughing and like interesting and new spaces

Don't see it if You are looking very for "traditional" SHAKESPEARE or performance.

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.

70
Hilarious, Epic, Clever idea, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want a night out at the theatre that would be fun for a Shakespeare fan, bachelorette party, or anything in between.

Don't see it if drunk people annoy you.

81
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if If you like Shakespeare, or any word play, sociopolitical commentary; if you like having (or watching others have) a fun time with drinks

Don't see it if You don't want a party show and mature themes; if you don't like the premise

95
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like to interact with actors and have them mess with you, you enjoy watching the affects of alcohol.

Don't see it if You can't loosen up and just have fun.

Also This is a tight show. Even with alcohol, they know exactly what they'r... Read more Read less

87
Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if You enjoy drinking, raunchy humor, and Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare purist, are under 21, or don't like genitalia jokes.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if You want a fun, irreverent take on Shakespeare. It's like a boozy extended comedy sketch that includes audience participation.

Don't see it if If you're easily offended by crude language or sexual jokes.

75
Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy

See it if you are a lover of the Bard, drunken antics or comedy and looking for an enjoyable evening.

Don't see it if you prefer Shakespeare performed traditionally, dislike audience participation or are easily offended by jokes.

85
Clever, Ambitious, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if you want to see Shakespeare nerds get drunk (though I suspect it's the same one every night) and have some irreverent fun.

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare snob, and are bothered by excessive drinking.

93
Funny, Hilarious, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You want to be transported to an alternate universe

Don't see it if You hate silliness

90
Entertaining, Hilarious, Raunchy, Clever, Inventive

See it if You love to laugh your ass off watching brilliant actors expertly tackle the Bard with drunken abandon & pure joy. It's an absolute BLAST!!!

Don't see it if you're a prude & your idea of fun is wearing an itchy wool sweater while sipping tea with your pinky extended. Otherwise, GO SEE IT!!!

80
Funny, Quirky, Original

See it if You're a Shakespeare fan who also enjoys boozing it up, or watching others do so.

Don't see it if You detest all things Bard-related!

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]


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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