Sleep No More
Ends Sep 2024 3h 0m
Sleep No More
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Sleep No More NYC Reviews and Tickets

86%
(1547 Ratings)
Positive
89%
Mixed
6%
Negative
5%
Members say
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Intense

About the Show

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

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Show-Score Member Reviews (1,312)

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1197 Reviews | 485 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.

55 Reviews | 14 Followers
72
Overcrowded, Mystical, Beautiful sets, Amazing ambiance

See it if you want to be immersed in a beautifully designed world inside a hotel. Or if you enjoy piecing together obscure, disparate plots

Don't see it if You dislike crowds, or if you want feel like you're a part of the story unfolding. Or if you dislike getting lost and unfinished stories Read more

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63 Reviews | 5 Followers
72
Banal, Clever

See it if you like Shakespeare

Don't see it if you want to see a fancy and meaningful dancing

59 Reviews | 19 Followers
72
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy, Epic

See it if you're invested in immersive work and exploration

Don't see it if you experience FOMO easily - you will not be able to see everything

62 Reviews | 17 Followers
72
Overrated, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Unique, Demanding

See it if you're interested in immersive theatre and want to see some terrific, unique design.

Don't see it if you don't know about immersive theatre, don't know MACBETH, get claustrophobic, don't want to be on your feet in a mask, or want narrative.

79 Reviews | 30 Followers
72
Original, Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Intense

See it if You're curious about what this is, running through a dark "hotel" with hundreds of masked strangers, mostly confused.

Don't see it if You are claustrophobic, scared of the dark or creepy places.

60 Reviews | 8 Followers
71
Ambitious, Enchanting, Indulgent, Overrated, Intense

See it if You like wandering through floors discovering scenes and actors while wearing a mask and remaining silent.

Don't see it if You regret paying exorbitant prices, not being given any background info and encountering pushy crowds; hearing that it used to be better.

89 Reviews | 8 Followers
71
Edgy, Ambitious, Overrated

See it if like interactive shows and make your own entertainment

Don't see it if if you do not want to walk/stand for at least 2 hours

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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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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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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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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