“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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"'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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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;
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.
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
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
See it if You're adventurous and willing to walk around multiple floors of a building for a couple of hours and a fan of the Scottish play.
Don't see it if You have limited mobility, don't like interactive theater or don't like having something covering your face. (You wear a mask.)
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.
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.
See it if you want to see one of the most influential pieces of theatre this decade-- astonishing, form-bending, and endlessly fun
Don't see it if you want to sit down and watch a story unfold
See it if you like exploring and want to let your instincts govern your experience. You like being active. You'll see something new every time.
Don't see it if you're afraid of the dark or immersive and unexpected experiences. You can't control or plan what you see or what you experience.
See it if You like immersive theater, you don't mind wandering around a somewhat spooky but never scary environment
Don't see it if You want a very clear cut narrative or you have a walking problem or you are not open to new, bizarre experiences