New York | 3h 0m | Open run

Sleep No More

From 16 critic and 916 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Clever

About the show

A unique award-winning theatrical event: a site-specific Macbeth-meets-Hitchcock performance piece by Britain's Punchdrunk. More…

Running at the long-abandoned McKittrick Hotel on the extreme western edge of Chelsea, 'Sleep No More' is an adaptation of Macbeth. This piece of environmental theatre is comprised of an indoor promenade performance in which the audience walks at their own pace through a variety of theatrically designed rooms for up to three hours.

3h 0m | Open run | McKittrick Hotel (Chelsea)


100
Theatermania

"Bring an open mind, a healthy curiosity, and perhaps a decent working knowledge of Shakespeare's Macbeth, and you will have a fascinating time at Sleep No More, the simply astonishing environmental theater piece now playing in Chelsea. Theatergoers will find themselves wanting to return to the McKittrick time and again to dive into this deliciously eerie experience." Full Review

100
Laughing Squid

"Hidden in New York City is the best live performance show in town and that show is Sleep No More, which is way off Broadway and way, way out of the box.Sleep No More is a show that stays with you long after its over...If living theater is your cup of tea, then Sleep No More is good to the last drop." Full Review

95
The New York Times

“Sleep No More” is, in short, a voyeur’s delight, with all the creepy, shameful pleasures that entails. As conceived by Punchdrunk, this tale of regicide taps the same impulses that draw us to Agatha Christie mysteries and sensational tabloids, flavored with the snob appeal of biographies of self-destructive aristocrats." Full Review

95
New York Magazine / Vulture

"What in Hecate’s name is Sleep No More? A dance-theater horror show? A wordless, nonlinear mash-up of Macbeth and the darker psychosexual corners of Hitchcock? A six-story Jazz Age haunted house for grown-ups and anyone who’s ever entertained sick cineast-y fantasies of living inside a Kubrick movie? ’Tis all these, and more besides. It was a lovely evening in hell, one I’ll be recovering from for some time."   Full Review

95
The Washington Post

"This isn’t faddish hipster ephemera. Far from it. Chances are, you’ll walk away from “Sleep No More” obsessing over its myriad details, chewing over your peculiarly intoxicating trip in a way no traditional theatergoing can match. Punchdrunk stakes its art on an ancient, even primitive premise: There is no source of storytelling as powerful as the human body." Full Review

90
Time Out New York

"A multitude of searing sights crowd the spectator's gaze at the bedazzling and uncanny theater installation Sleep No More...A true astonishment, turning six warehouse floors into a purgatorial maze that blends images from the Scottish play with ones derived from Hitchcock movies—all liberally doused in a distinctly Stanley Kubrick eau de dislocated menace." Full Review

90
Theatre is Easy

"There are two distinct parts of 'Sleep No More': the physical production, and the personal experience, and both are apt reasons to attend...'Sleep No More' is full of surprise revelation and poignant moments; what makes it unique for a theatrical piece is both the ability for these moments to come even when actors are nowhere to be seen, and the intense level of absorption that occurs during the experience." Full Review

90
The Huffington Post

"In "Sleep No More," Shakespeare's “Macbeth” is transformed into a 1940s noir nightmare. This is not a play you sit and watch. Spectators at "Sleep No More" are given white masks to cover their faces, instructed to keep silent, and then set loose into the maze for up to three hours. How long you stay, where you go, and what you see is entirely up to you." Full Review

90
Badass Digest

"My heart raced the entire time; I felt nervous and exhilarated...There's so much more to say about Sleep No More, but I don't know how to say it without clumsily stumbling over the experience for someone else. All I can say is that you should go, and if you do: be bold. And if someone makes eye contact with you, hold it." Full Review

85
New York Daily News

"Ambition is the fatal flaw in "Macbeth," but it's the key to the success of "Sleep No More," a sensational interactive theater piece inspired by imagery from the Scottish play and Alfred Hitchcock thrillers." Full Review

85
New Yorker

"I felt that the primary impulse was to make theatre matter, to have an over-all emotional effect, in which décor and dance are equal to the dramaturgy, as in eighteenth-century operas...Does this mean that, if one forgets moments of the piece in this doomed party atmosphere, it’s superficial? Yes. Does this mean that the profound role the piece plays in altering one’s consciousness makes it a deep work, too? Yes." Full Review

80
New York Theater

"It is an engaging if dizzying mix of design, dance and drama...The production depends on theatergoers’ prior knowledge of the Scottish play, generally a good bet, although the more recently someone has read it (or seen a straightforward production of it), the more the disparate images and chaotic moments of 'Sleep No More' will cohere." Full Review

80
New York Irish Arts

"The experience of this production is just like a nightmare: detailed, hard to convey in words, elusive, weirdly logical somehow. Even when you don’t enjoy it, you relish the experience...It all reminded me of the Tower of Terror at Disneyworld. I mean that as a compliment...When it works, it’s exhilarating. But, like a roller coaster, it has some duller patches, and it’s not for the physically weak...I’d get on line for this ride again. And there’s more to explore in this nightmare." Full Review

80
ZEALnyc

"'Sleep No More' isn’t for everyone...But for years people have found the experience fun and exhilarating, and word of mouth has encouraged others to try out 'Sleep No More' for themselves. So if you’re up for a little adventure or your curiosity has been piqued, then put on your comfy shoes and check it out." Full Review

30
The Guardian (UK)

"Rarely have I seen a more money-grabbing show, which has wowed New York's critics, but left me feeling short-changed...How on earth can a company charge such high prices for a show you cannot hope to appreciate fully in one, two or even three sittings? The numbers just don't add up. Except in the box office. And at the bar. Oh, and in that gift shop." Full Review

30
Wired

"It’s tough to feel any sense of reward, or accomplishment, or even emotional gratification from your actions. Maybe I’m just not smart enough for an experience like Sleep No More, but my time at the show was confusing and frustrating. I came craving a story and left with nothing but flashy fragments and uncomfortable moments." Full Review


100
Confusing, Resonant, Entertaining, Absorbing, Intense

See it if You like a challenge. You like to explore. You like atmosphere. You are open to being amazed.

Don't see it if You aren't mobile. You can't deal with nudity, satanism, voyeurism. You need to understand everything happening in a linear way.

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Must see, Clever

See it if Unlike anything you've ever seen. Completely absorbed in the action makes connections you can't have sitting in a seat.

Don't see it if You have mobility issues. You will be running up and down stairs all night.

100
Absorbing, Great staging, Must see, Riveting, Intense

See it if You are looking for a theatre experience like no other. It is intense and overwhelming, but the most interesting performance I've ever seen.

Don't see it if You prefer a tradition theater setting or are unable / unwilling to traverse through a multi-level set.

100
Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Absorbing, Intense

See it if you like interactive theater, you follow the actors you want in a non-linear way, create your own journey. Something like no other. Intense!

Don't see it if you dislike walking around long periods of time, if you are intimidated by eerie/dark situations, dislike intimate audience interaction.

Also See it especially if you like Macbeth, Kubrick and Hitchcock. It is an... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing

See it if This show is amazing! Magical! Must see!

Don't see it if You feel uncomfortable withnudity in a play or sexual or sensual scenes.

100
Great staging, Must see, Refreshing, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you're looking for something entirely different. You're in the show, and it's happening around you

Don't see it if you need concrete story. It's based on Macbeth, but you'll be hard pressed to follow the specifics. It's also pretty explicit: be warned!

Also Just incredible. There's really no words for it; the experience of the... Read more Read less

100
Ambitious, Absorbing, Exquisite, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You want to truly experience a piece of dance based theatre, where YOUR CHOICES decided the outcome of your journey in their world.

Don't see it if You are chasing a traditional narrative or don't enjoy expanding your idea of a theatre experience.

Also Sleep No More is THE immersive experience I feel all others are hoping... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Masterful, Riveting, Dizzying

See it if you enjoy post-modern reconstructions of western cultural touchstones, immersive theatre, and profoundly effective visual imagery.

Don't see it if you have any mobility issues/don't want to stand or walk for 3 hours during a show.

Also The show itself is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. The desig... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Edgy, Intense

See it if You like new inventive theater (but maybe brush up your shakespeare first)

Don't see it if You aren't prepared to be running around for 3 hours

100
Clever, Edgy, Riveting, Masterful, Exquisite

See it if You want to be completely immersed in a world or know macbeth very well

Don't see it if If you don't want adventure

100
Absorbing, Epic, Masterful, Riveting

See it if This is an immersive theater experience like no other. You run around the Hotel to an amazing story line, interacting with characters.

Don't see it if You are easily frightened, you don't like people to touch/interact with you.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Must see, Intense, Edgy

See it if Wanting to experience theatre like you never have before

Don't see it if If you have issues with immersive experienceels, nudity or walking (including stairs) for up to 3 hours

100
Epic, Must see, Masterful, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if you want to see something you never seen, It is something new.

Don't see it if you have a leg broken or you can't walk or you wear high heels. You have to walk a lot.

Also It is the revolution of theater, it s the most impressive immersive pl... Read more Read less

100
Dizzying, Enchanting, Absorbing, Edgy, Masterful

See it if you want a heart-stopping adventure.

Don't see it if you don't like to engage or participate in public performances.

100
Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if You want to experience theater in a new way

Don't see it if You can't run up and down stairs or you feel you need to talk

100
Absorbing, Must see, Masterful, Riveting, Intense

See it if You love intense shows, and want to be entranced in a world that is a perfect combination of being in a David Lynch film and Eyes Wide Shut

Don't see it if You do not like intense shows and want something light hearted

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Exquisite, Refreshing

See it if you are entirely ready to open yourself to an EXPERIENCE and not a linear type of storytelling.

Don't see it if you need three acts and a defined story line, have trouble in the dark, or cannot handle stairs.

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Edgy, Epic, Great dancing

See it if you're in for a wild ride, you want to be entertained, you like immersive theatre, you love Macbeth

Don't see it if you don't like immersive theatre, you don't like being on your feet for a while, you are a drunk fool

100
Dizzying, Edgy, Epic, Raunchy, Profound

See it if You want your mind blown

Don't see it if You dont want to walk around for 3 hours

100
Ambitious, Exquisite, Must see

See it if you enjoy innovative theatrical experiences.

Don't see it if you hate thinking for yourself.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Riveting, Must see

See it if You are up for new experiences. You like to be challenged. Would like to be inside a dream.

Don't see it if You don't like to interact with the actors. Only like traditional theatre. Are expecting to see a traditional story.

100
Riveting, Sensual, Provocative, Masterful, Mysterious

See it if you want your life changed.

Don't see it if you are a sensitive. Nudity, blood, and extremely intimate audience interaction (no sex stuff, ya weirdos) are bounteous here.

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Intense, Riveting, Profound

See it if You love set design, beautiful movement, emotion driven work, and incredibly artistic things

Don't see it if You can't handle nudity in shows

100
Entertaining, Absorbing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you want something different

Don't see it if no reason

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Intense

See it if you enjoy immersive theatre, intimate experiences, and great choreography.

Don't see it if you prefer proscenium theatres and non-active plays.



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