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Sleep No More

Members say: Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Original, Intense
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Critics
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16 reviews
Members
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685 reviews
 

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

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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.

 
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Reviews (701)

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84
Avg Score

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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
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

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87
Avg Score

95
Edgy, Epic, Must see, Great staging

See it if you want to see immersive theatre at its best.

Don't see it if you have trouble walking or climbing stairs.

63
Intense, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You're into silent theater with choreography over acting. Every scene was dramatized and you have to search to keep up with the subtle plot

Don't see it if You're expecting brilliantly done theater and want to see a good conceptual idea actually work out

Also I was really hoping for more from this show and luckily didn't spend a... Read more Read less

65
Absorbing, Indulgent, Confusing, Overrated, Great staging

See it if you love a nontraditional theater experience and an intricately designed, elaborate spectacle.

Don't see it if you find elaborate but obtusely plotted shows pretentious. You don't enjoy walking for hours in darkness and often leaping out of the way.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like thrillers

Don't see it if you don't like thrillers

67
Dizzying, Masterful, Excruciating

See it if Imersion theatre that combines portions of Macbeth, Rebecca and whatever the cast may think ot. A totally unique theatrical experience.

Don't see it if running up and down stairs all nightsfollowing actors in a scary haunted hotel is too much for your heart or body. Not a relaxing experience

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if You want to have the most immersive theater experience.

Don't see it if You don't like Macbeth.

90
Ambitious, Dizzying, Epic, Masterful, Great staging

See it if you love immerse theatre, Macbeth, movement pieces, or experimental pieces. It's also a must-see for any theatre artist!

Don't see it if you want to sit down and just enjoy a show. This is something you have to actively participate in in order to experience it fully

90
Ambitious, Edgy, Epic, Intense

See it if ...you think Interactive Macbeth might be your thing.

Don't see it if ...you can't handle wordless storytelling, obnoxious masked crowds, or stairs.

92
Absorbing, Clever, Dizzying, Masterful, Must see

See it if you're interested in immersive theatre like you've never seen before or if you like movement pieces

Don't see it if you want a clear story, a traditional theatre experience, or if you can't walk or move very well

Also I had an incredible experience at Sleep No More, including a one on on... Read more Read less

60
Dizzying, Overrated

See it if you understand and know the story of Macbeth well, it is essential as there is no dialogue and little explanation of anything.

Don't see it if you expect to understand a Shakespearean play. The only chance you have it understanding is by following one actor for the entire time.

80
Ambitious, Clever, Inique

See it if you are looking for something completely different. Have a sense of adventure and interest in something unique. Have comfortable shoes!

Don't see it if you need linear story or dialogue. don't like immersive shows can't move quickly or climb many stairs.. Uncomfortable in very dim lightiing

Also This is not your typical show in any way shape or form. Wandering the ... Read more Read less

95
Dizzying, Edgy, Profound, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You want to be fully immersed in a truly original and unique performance. Exciting, visually stunning. High interactions with performers.

Don't see it if You don't like being a fully engaged audience member, or if you have issues moving a lot. While it's not scary, it is slightly eerie.

99
Ambitious, Clever, Epic, Must see, Great staging

See it if you are craving an evening of theatre unlike any other, and (as an added bonus) are a fan of Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Don't see it if you have limited mobility, or if the premise of the show unnerves you.

92
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Must see, Confusing

See it if you want to see the grand daddy of immersive theater. Incredibly detailed sets you can explore, and some very impressive set pieces

Don't see it if you can't be on your feet for a couple of hours and don't feel comfortable exploring on your own. Expect to be confused!

98
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Must see

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.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Masterful, Profound

See it if you love interactive theatre. You are fully submerged into this world and it's up to you what you want to see and view. A show only YOU exp.

Don't see it if You don't like following actors around to truly enjoy the full experience or running or scary things.

90
Original, Absorbing, Ambitious, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to experience the "granddaddy" of immersive theatre in NYC. The incredible production and carefully crafted story are a can't-miss.

Don't see it if if you haven't read Macbeth, or if you require communication or a linear plot in order to be entertained. SNM is less linear, more subtle.

82
Ambitious, Dizzying, Entertaining, Tiring, Creepy

See it if A different interpretation of live theater. You enjoy personal interactions with actors. You like mystery and being able to choose your path

Don't see it if You like to sit in a traditional theater setting in seat. You like a straightforward story arc. Like to see all the storylines and actors

82
Edgy, Epic, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound

See it if If you're into interactive experiences and enjoy stellar Shakespearean performances;

Don't see it if If you're looking for a regular theatrical performance where you are seated;

95
Absorbing, Dizzying, Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you want a truly unique experience. I seriously can't wait to go back and see what I missed.

Don't see it if you have a hard time running up and down stairs. Or if you need a clear, narrative plot spoonfed to you.

85
Original, Clever, Intelligent

See it if Like to be provoked

Don't see it if You are a prude

95
Original, Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite

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

100
Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if you want to see something truly one-of-a -kind... and if you're a little bit nosy

Don't see it if you're timid, or have issues with nudity

90
Original, Ambitious, Clever, Exquisite, Great staging

See it if you liked playing with choose your own adventure books when you were child.

Don't see it if you can't keep running through the building and up and down the stairs for 3 hours.

95
Original, Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Masterful

See it if you want to see an original take on a classic story; you are intrigued by immersive theater; you like dance and/or theatrical performances

Don't see it if you hate immersive theater; you feel like you missed something if you don't see the entire story