“Drink, sir, is a great provoker…”
Enter a hidden library to find a dark stage surrounded by 15,000 books. The lights come up, the actor parts the curtains… and he’s absolutely hammered. Welcome to The Drunk Shakespeare Society, the hilarious Chicago play giving their own, tipsy spin on William Shakespeare’s classics.
As the name suggests, one of five classically-trained actors takes at least five shots and then (over-confidently) performs the lead in a Shakespearean play. The other four sober actors attempt to keep the play moving, while their drunk co-star inevitably makes a number of surprising character choices. Each show is different depending on who’s drinking what, but the result is always an unforgettable, gut-busting 90 minutes of the Bard, as you’ve never seen him performed before. Find tickets on Fever.
After critically-acclaimed performances in New York, Drunk Shakespeare arrived in Chicago in May 2019, and as it’s currently rocking a 4.9/5🌟review average on Google, these hard-drinking thesps must be doing something right. On arrival, you’ll enter through a locksmith’s shop to find the venue: an intimate, hidden speakeasy behind the Chicago Theatre, putting you right in the middle of the boozy theatrics.
A cocktail bar ensures the cast aren’t the only tipsy people in the room, and craft cocktails are served throughout the night. So grab a seat, get comfy, and enjoy Shakespeare at his tipsiest…
Don’t miss it: Drunk Shakespeare tickets are now on sale here!
Location: The Lounge At The Lion Theatre, 182 North Wabash Avenue, 60601
Showtimes: Wed 8pm-9:30pm, Thurs 7:30pm-9pm, Fri 8pm-9:30pm, Sat 6pm-7:30pm and 8pm-9:30pm, Sun 6pm-7:30pm and 8pm-9:30pm. (Runtime is 90 minutes, no interval.)
Tickets: available here!