When: 18th April – 2nd June 2018
Where: Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX
£: Tickets cost £19.50 – £21.50
What is it?
Shit-faced Shakespeare, the multi sell-out fringe phenomenon, is back in London with two new shows, kicking off with The Merchant of Venice from Wednesday 18th April to Saturday 2nd June.
If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you get us shit-faced, do we not remember our lines?
Critically lauded (and occasionally lambasted), Magnificent Bastard Productions return to the Leicester Square Theatre with a duo of Shakespeare classics served up with their signature shit-faced twist. With familiar faces alongside new performers, cast members include storytelling comedian and actor Will Seaward, the booming voice behind cult comedy hit Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories, as well as Rob Smythson, one of the founding members of Bullshit London’s nonsensical city tours.
So how does it work? Each performance has a cast of six actors, who all arrive four hours before the start of the show for a ‘party’; however this party is dry for all but one performer, who gets Shit-faced. The rest is a balancing act between the (trimmed down to an hour) Shakespeare script and improv rules, which state you must go with whatever the drunk actor decides to do. “Yes, and…” rather than “No, but…”.
Every single show is a one-off. Every single performance has a different drunk actor. Every single time they are genuinely inebriated.
Formed in 2010 by a group of East15 graduates (largely), Magnificent Bastard Productions were just friends who loved creating unexpected and unpredictable theatre at music festivals such as the Secret Garden Party. Shit-faced now performs across the UK, Australia and the USA in Boston, Atlanta and Austin. They sell-out at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes annually, and in 2015 expanded into Shit-faced Showtime, a pissed-up hour of harmonious Broadway showtunes.
The Merchant of Venice will be followed by Romeo and Juliet, from Wednesday 20th June to Saturday 1st September.