Shit-faced Shakespeare, Magnificent Bastard Productions

Shit-Faced Shakespeare
Presented in English
Touring

Magnificent Bastard Productions                                           

“Shit-Faced Shakespeare is the deeply highbrow fusion of an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely shit-faced cast member. Side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive, the show has been running since 2010 and has already entertained over 30,000 eager theatre goers across the UK. With a genuinely drunken professional actor selected at random every night, no two shows are ever the same and audiences can even dictate when the actor gets to drink more to prevent unwanted sobriety. Shit-Faced Shakespeare seeks to introduce a new generation of theatre-goers to the works of the Bard by reviving the raucous, interactive and vibrant nature of Elizabethan theatre with a very modern twist - reminding them as we go to always enjoy Shakespeare responsibly.” --description from company website

The play selected for the Shit-Faced treatment in 2016 was Measure for Measure.

On Twitter:
@shitfacedshake        

For More Information and Performance Photos:
http://www.shit-facedshakespeare.com/         

Tour Dates and Locations:
Toured around the United Kingdom and United States

August 3-29, 2016, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Underbelly, George Square, Edinburgh

In the Media:
The show is internationally acclaimed and, according to TimeOut London, has achieved 'cult' status https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/shit-faced-shakespeare.

Selected Reviews of the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe performances:
BroadwayBaby review (4 stars): "You might think that this “problem play” about nuns, corruption and threatened rape is already contentious enough without getting a member of the cast utterly plastered. Surprisingly however, this year’s production works well, despite its serious themes. The highly controversial plot is changed, re-empowering the trainee nun Isabella. This is a bold choice, turning a very problematic ending into a more comedic and resolved one, but makes sense considering the light-heartedness of the company’s nature." http://broadwaybaby.com/shows/shit-faced-shakespeare/714978

Three Weeks review (3 stars): "Good fun, but surprisingly patchy. Every scene with Vincentio was a riot, but there were lengthy stretches where he disappeared from the stage, and it turns out getting an audience revved up, then giving them a bit of Measure for Measure played mostly straight, will provide a sharp lesson on how to suck the energy from a room. It was funny, it was silly, but the anticipated feeling of ‘anything-could-happen’ anarchy didn’t quite materialise." http://www.threeweeksedinburgh.com/article/shit-faced-shakespeare-magnificent-bastard-productions-2