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

85
Raunchy, Refreshing, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want a fun, goofy night or afternoon out, whether or not you're even the least bit familiar with Shakespeare's plays.

Don't see it if you're too much of a purist or you'd rather see a conventional play with a linear story, as opposed to comical anarchy out the wazoo.

80
Funny, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if You like a little Shakespeare in your comedy. It's an absolutely fun night with some good acting

Don't see it if You like a little comedy in your Shakespeare. This leans far more heavily on the drunk part than the Shakespeare part.

89
Entertaining, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if Looking for something unique with some improve. Every show is different.

Don't see it if You need something scripted or believe in prohibition. Or are afraid of a little audience participation.

Also I’ve seen it twice. Unique each time. Lots of fun.

70
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy immersive theatre

Don't see it if you are not a live performance fan

85
Delightful, Clever, Funny

See it if you're looking for a comedy type show with audience interaction, no Shakespeare love required.

Don't see it if you are looking for a serious play.

79
Funny, Entertaining, Original, Raunchy

See it if a Shakespeare themed improv group with raunchy humor, and alcohol everywhere makes you laugh - No prior Shakespeare experience needed.

Don't see it if you expect a full unabridged Shakespeare play; dislike drunken revelry; or, take Shakespearean works seriously and can not poke fun at them.

85
Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent, Raunchy, Original

See it if you like-improv-parodies-audience participation (be part of the show!)-great comedic performances-Shakespeare inspired productions

Don't see it if you-want a serious Shakespeare production-don't like small venues-don't like blue comedy-want a live orchestra

99
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if If you want to have a great time out and laugh a lot this is the show for you

Don't see it if If you are closed minded and have no sense of humor

100
Hilarious, Must see, Original, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if You enjoy shows that are wonderfully inappropriate in the best of ways!

Don't see it if You have any issue with profanity, drinking, and/or audience involvement.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You want to have fun and drink while doing so

Don't see it if You're a tradition-keeper

77
Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if You're looking for a cheap night out with a group

Don't see it if You have an issue with excessive drinking

85
Clever, Cliched, Funny, Great staging

See it if You love the idea of a theatre/open bar

Don't see it if You want to see Shakespeare done justice.

100
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You love shakespeare

Don't see it if You don't like stupid drunks

92
Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Hilarious, Clever

See it if You're looking to see some hilarious, intelligent, Shakespeare-driven improv. I'm planning on seeing it again.

Don't see it if You're looking to see a traditional play.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if If you want you laugh and drink and see improv at it's best.

Don't see it if If you are not into interactive off color humor

90
Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Raunchy, Intelligent

See it if you want a fun night out.

Don't see it if you're not okay with some inappropriate humor.

Also I had no idea what I was getting myself into with this one, but it is ... Read more Read less

82
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you like improv and Shakespeare. Looking for a raucous good time

Don't see it if you don't like improv or audience participation. or Shakespeare.

Also I've seen this show about 4 times now. The first was certainly the bes... Read more Read less

50
Excruciating, Overrated, Insipid

See it if You're into sophomoric drunkfest, after coming into Manhattan from a bridge or tunnel. Only redeeming quality is the venue, itself.

Don't see it if You want a modicum of substance to your evening: I don't even think designated actor was drunk; assuming this, the acting was o.k.

75
Funny, Edgy, Entertaining, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy a rowdy show with little formal structure. Very engaging and interactive.

Don't see it if you aren't in the mood to be called upon by cast members or don't appreciate raunchy humor.

69
Clever, Funny, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if find a lot of manic acting and some sophomoric antics entertaining and hilarious - and you are familiar with Macbeth.

Don't see it if you're not interested in a manic, somewhat confusing show (and I don't confuse easily). Not nearly as funny as I thought it would be.

Also I was very looking forward to this show (having heard it was hysterica... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny

See it if you like clever slapstick and a fun crowd

Don't see it if You're wanting serious Shakespeare

60
Raunchy, Indulgent, Funny

See it if You enjoy a rowdy time.

Don't see it if You were hoping for traditional Shakespeare.

78
Entertaining, Clever, Original, Funny, Raunchy

See it if You like to drink, see others drink, like audience participation and bawdy humor.

Don't see it if You're painfully shy, don't approve of alcohol, need to bring children.

100
Funny, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you want to laugh for 90 minutes and feel like you are on the inside of a joke

Don't see it if you don't like to have fun and drink.

80
Funny, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if A fun, original way to pass an evening. I liked the sing-alongs and audience participation. Feels like it belongs in a dorm or pub.

Don't see it if You don't like alcohol or don't like Shakespeare, or want a quiet evening. The show is boisterous, in a good way.


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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