Shakespeare With a Spirited Twist: An In-Depth Look at "Drunk Shakespeare."
The Innovative Concept: A Boozy Take on the Bard
"Drunk Shakespeare" has emerged as a trailblazing phenomenon in the theatrical world, offering a daring and unconventional twist to the works of the immortal Bard. This 90-minute spectacle, designed exclusively for the 21+ audience, artfully blends comedy and drama elements, setting a new standard for modern theater. It's a Shakespearean soiree like no other, where the classic meets the unexpected, and the stage becomes a playground for both inebriated and sober talents.
The Bold Format: Mixing Shots with Sonnets
The essence of "Drunk Shakespeare" lies in its audacious format: a group of five actors set out to perform a secret, universally admired play by Shakespeare. The twist? One of these brave souls takes the stage having imbibed a series of whiskey shots, creating an unpredictable and exhilarating dynamic with their four sober counterparts. This ingenious mix of drunken unpredictability and sober precision delivers a fresh and lively rendition of Shakespeare's timeless works.
From Humble Beginnings to National Acclaim
The seeds of "Drunk Shakespeare" were sown by creators Scott Griffin and David Hudson at Quinn’s Bar and Grill in 2014, drawing inspiration from the spirited antics of "Drunk History" on Comedy Central. Since then, the show has evolved from its Off-Broadway roots, delighting audiences nationwide with over 2,000 performances and growing into a cultural sensation.
A Celebration with Boundaries
Despite its uninhibited spirit, "Drunk Shakespeare" is more than just a chaotic revel. The show maintains a strict policy against excessive intoxication and disruptive behavior, balancing wild fun and audience comfort. It's a testament to the show's commitment to offering a joyous yet responsible theatrical experience.
An Offer of Royal Indulgence
"Drunk Shakespeare" offers a 'royal' experience for those seeking an extra touch of splendor. For an additional fee, attendees can enjoy the play as the King or Queen for the night, complete with throne seating, control over certain aspects of the performance, and luxurious amenities like champagne.
The Growing Empire of "Drunk Shakespeare"
The phenomenon has expanded its kingdom, with branches in New York City, Houston, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Phoenix, each featuring a unique cast and diverse interpretations under the "Drunk Shakespeare Society."
Resounding Acclaim: Critics and Audiences Alike Adore It
"Drunk Shakespeare" has earned high praise from critics, with the NY Times calling it "Zany, Rowdy and Debaucherous," TimeOut Magazine likening it to "A live-action Drunk History," and Slate Magazine declaring it "The Best Thing to Ever Happen to The Theater."
Frequently Asked Questions: Everything You Need to Know
Running Time: A brisk 90 minutes of Shakespearean shenanigans.
Ticket Prices: Starting at $122.
Age Restriction: Strictly 21 and over, photo ID required.
Tickets: Available through "American Arenas®" with current availability and exclusive offers.