Sleep No More
Open run 3h 0m
Sleep No More

Sleep No More NYC Reviews and Tickets

(1086 Reviews)
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Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Clever

An award-winning site-specific Macbeth-meets-Hitchcock performance piece by Britain's Punchdrunk.

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1113 Reviews | 287 Followers
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.

1015 Reviews | 420 Followers
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.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
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.

677 Reviews | 190 Followers
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.)

647 Reviews | 242 Followers
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.

505 Reviews | 729 Followers
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.

459 Reviews | 116 Followers
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

505 Reviews | 73 Followers
Immersive theater at its best

See it if Fully immersive theater across floors of a theater. Go to an earlier time if you want to watch it cycle a few times. Comfortable shoes!

Don't see it if Walking/running, interacting, nudity, no talking aren't your thing. 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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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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