Sleep No More
Open run 3h 0m
Sleep No More
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Sleep No More NYC Reviews and Tickets

86%
(1038 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
7%
Negative
3%
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Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Clever

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

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962 Reviews | 390 Followers
73
Great staging, Original, Clever, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if You're a fan of elaborate staging. The attention to detail is AMAZING.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a story. It's too spread out to follow in any realistic way. It's very cool but not follow able.

983 Reviews | 229 Followers
77
Refreshing, Intelligent, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you like immersive theater. This was well acted and very creative.

Don't see it if If you like traditional theater. If you do not want to be on your feet watching a performance.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
95
Ambitious, Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful, Must see

See it if you love drama, mystery and magic. Provides a unique experience for each attendee combining dance and music with detailed worlds.

Don't see it if you cannot walk, climb stairs or move comfortable for several hours.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
95
Must see, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Original

See it if you want a thoroughly original, unforgettable, unique, immersive theatrical experience.

Don't see it if you're a strict traditionalist and/or you're not open to a most unconventional staging of Macbeth. (Or you're uncomfortable on your feet.)

605 Reviews | 226 Followers
81
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Overrated, Intense

See it if You're interested in being a part of an evening of immersive art.

Don't see it if You think this is going to be a theatrical experience. If anything, it's more of a dance show -- it's theatrical, but it ain't theatre.

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Indulgent

See it if you want an immersive experience unlike any you've ever had, you love interpretive dance, or you just feel like running around.

Don't see it if you're not into Macbeth (it's partly based on that story), don't want to move a lot, or don't like dance or no dialogue.

433 Reviews | 93 Followers
90
Absorbing, Edgy, Original, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You enjoy interactive theater and walking around a spectacular space and don't need dialogue to enjoy yourself.

Don't see it if You get tired easily or need a strict narrative through-line. There is no dialogue and so many stories you will never see them all.

404 Reviews | 104 Followers
85
Quirky, Dizzying, Great dancing, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if you are interested an impressive immersive experience.

Don't see it if you don't have the energy to move quickly for a number of hours or have mobility challenges or frustrated when rooms get too crowded Read more

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
April 13th, 2011
For a previous production

“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."
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Time Out New York
March 15th, 2012
For a previous production

"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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 15th, 2011
For a previous production

"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."  
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New Yorker
May 2nd, 2011
For a previous production

"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."
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The Washington Post
April 23rd, 2011
For a previous production

"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."
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New York Daily News
April 14th, 2011
For a previous production

"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."
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Theatermania
April 13th, 2011
For a previous production

"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."
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Theatre is Easy
April 10th, 2011
For a previous production

"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."
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