Open run | 3h 0m | Chelsea

Sleep No More

From 961 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)

Member Reviews (961)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Clever
86
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Original

See it if you want to see something different and immersive, enjoy the dark style of Hitchcock, like to explore and curate your own experience

Don't see it if don't like crowds, want a clear story to follow, can't stand for long periods of time, are offended by nudity and graphic scenes

98
Ambitious, Intense, Must see, Absorbing

See it if you want something avant garde and immersive. One of my favorite experiences ever.

Don't see it if you don't like dark spaces or would prefer to sit in a traditional theatre and watch a show.

Also Be bold, open drawers, explore, chase characters. It's worth it.

84
Absorbing, Confusing, Great staging, Epic, Must see

See it if You want to fully experience another world, are seeking seen immersive experience, want to let out your inner voyeur

Don't see it if You aren't mobile (on your feet the entire time), are afraid of the dark, want a traditional theater experience; sensitive to violence

Also It was incredibly hot when I went. So much so that it impacted your ab... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Confusing, Dizzying, Excruciating, Intelligent

See it if you plan on going 2-3 more times to follow different characters. Great concept, unwieldy.

Don't see it if you are not interested in chasing performers through a 4 story dark space.

19
Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Insipid

See it if if you are 18 to 25 with little theatrical sophistication .A Halloween house.The skits amateurish, S&M oriented,female abuse! TERRIBLE!

Don't see it if If you have any level of theatrical sophistication or awareness of civilized behavior. Don't waste your money.

69
Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious, Overrated

See it if you like immersive experiences. The set design is spectacular and almost makes the time worth spending. Also, power walked for 2+ hours!

Don't see it if you are a fan of dialogue. Seeing Macbeth in a victorian setting with NO DIALOGUE?! Really! Shakespeare wouldn't approve.

90
Ambitious, Epic, Edgy, Original, Riveting

See it if you can walk around, you want something that you can't get just anywhere.

Don't see it if you get tired easily, you are completely unfamiliar with Macbeth.

90
Clever, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if Immersive theater. Open to interpretation.

Don't see it if Sit back and expect show to come to you.

100
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great staging, Original, Must see

See it if you are looking for something immersive and original

Don't see it if you need linear plot

65
Original, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to wear a mask and walk around a warehouse like structure and not talk to anyone. And to add to your social media that you went.

Don't see it if you looking for a show with a plot that you can follow. You will need to get on the correct path to follow the full story.

83
Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy

See it if you like immersive, non-traditional storytelling, voyeurism, wandering through maze of rooms. Wear comfortable shoes and lightweight clothes

Don't see it if you can't stand or quickly move throughout the whole show, or if you hate feeling there's always something you're missing in the next room

40
Confusing, Disappointing, Hard to follow, Overrated, Mediocre

See it if ...You want to roam around with friends in a dark, "atmospheric" place randomly encountering occasional actors

Don't see it if ..You want to experience something with an actual plot and without hordes of tipsy partiers who think they're hip

83
Absorbing, Enchanting, Dizzying, Epic, Intense

See it if you are ok on your own, like haunted houses that aren't haunted and/or are fine with figuring things out on your own

Don't see it if you do not like to be touched -- someone is going to touch you, either an actor or another audience member.

85
Edgy, Ambitious, Entertaining, Original

See it if you are looking for a unique theater experience that is totally immersive.

Don't see it if you are looking to sit down in a theater and watch. You will have to move around A LOT.

78
Clever, Entertaining, Indulgent, Original, Quirky

See it if You are adventuresome and are interested in something new in theater.

Don't see it if You only want the standard theater fare on Broadway.

100
Riveting, Sensual, Provocative, Masterful, Mysterious

See it if you want your life changed.

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

100
Must see, Riveting, Edgy, Epic, Raunchy

See it if You want a different theater experience that is truly unique and like nothing else available in NY Hint: Be the last one on the elevator

Don't see it if You have mobility issues or want a passive experience

66
Original, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if it's hip! super hip. the idea - and the space - are fabulous, the execution lacking,

Don't see it if you're unwilling to compete with the rest of the audience to get sight lines on unclear dimly lit actors who attempt to evade interpretation


April 13th, 2011
“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...
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March 15th, 2012
"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 d...
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April 15th, 2011
"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 m...
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May 2nd, 2011
"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? Ye...
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