Does drinking impair reviewing? We’ve rounded up the raves – and new production photography – for Shit-faced Shakespeare’s latest hart-drinking offering: the Magnificent Bastards’ “hilarious” and “delightfully rude” take on Hamlet is now on at London’s Leicester Square Theatre. Time to get booking!
A favourite at Leicester Square Theatre for the past four years, Magnificent Bastard Productions are now hamming up Hamlet for a limited run until 14 September 2019.
Think you know Hamlet? The story of a whiny lad who goes a bit loopy and does some stabbings, featuring foul language, outrageous behaviour, terrible singing, rapidly expelled bodily fluids and dangerous swordplay, Shakespeare has long been considered ‘cultural’. Instead, think of it like Game of Thrones with fewer boobs (probably).
How does a Shit-faced show work?
Every night one carefully selected member of the cast of professionally trained, Shakespearean actors is tasked with drinking for a full four hours prior to show time. The remainder of the sober cast are tasked with wrangling the drunken hero through a 70-minute adapted script, trying their level best to keep the show ‘on the rails’ while incorporating into the world of the play whatever drunken shenanigans are thrown at them. With the original text reduced to the primest theatrical cuts and no time to spare, every night is a high-energy race to the finish through an ever-changing series of drunken detours.
Shit-faced Shakespeare: Hamlet stars David Ellis, Natalie Boakye, Madeleine Schofield, Christopher Lane, Richard Hughes, Beth-Louise Priestley, Matt Seager, Saul Marron and Stacey Norris, who also directs and produces. Photography by Rah Petherbridge.
Shit-faced Shakespeare: Hamlet runs from 19 June to 14 September 2019 at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX, with performances (70 minutes) Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7pm. Tickets are priced £16.25-£20.75. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!