‘The show is definitely best enjoyed with a drink in hand’: SH!TFACED SHAKESPEARE – Leicester Square Theatre

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Leicester Square Theatre, London – until 11 September 2021

In the same way that improv shows are always different, so too is the kind of drunk you are after a few sherbets or shandies. Such is the rationale behind The Sh!tFaced team’s approach to revisiting theatrical classics under the influence. I’ve seen them tackle Oliver! with an old-fashioned, now its time for Macbeth with a martini.

Or more accurately, the Bard with a beer. Sh!tFaced Shakespeare is taking on a summer season at the Leicester Square Theatre and it is a quite a good laugh at times. Their USP is getting one of their company drunk before an otherwise straight production of the Scottish play, keeping their glass full throughout and letting whatever chaos unfold.

And as with many a comedy improv show, they’re kinda impossible to review as they are so uniquely tailored to the circumstances of the evening. Running jokes abound, visual gags pop up, the giggling interactions between the cast are destined never to be repeated in quite the same way. It’s an incredibly ‘live’ experience.

James Murfitt was our drunken victim, playing an amusingly flirty Malcolm, with Matthew Seager’s compère on hand to keep as steady a ship as needed. John Mitton, Flora Sowerby, Will Seaward and Stacey Norris were energetic supporters in all their silliness and you know what, the show is definitely best enjoyed with a drink in hand for yourself as well.

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Since 2003, Ian Foster has been writing reviews of plays, sometimes with a critical element, on his blog Ought to Be Clowns, which has been listed as one of the UK's Top Ten Theatre Blogs by Lastminute.com, Vuelio and Superbreak. He averages more than 350+ shows a year. He says: "Call me a reviewer, a critic or a blogger, and you will apparently put someone or other's nose out of joint! So take it or leave it, essentially this is my theatrical diary, recording everything I go to see at the theatre in London and beyond, and venturing a little into the worlds of music and film/TV where theatrical connections can be made."
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Since 2003, Ian Foster has been writing reviews of plays, sometimes with a critical element, on his blog Ought to Be Clowns, which has been listed as one of the UK's Top Ten Theatre Blogs by Lastminute.com, Vuelio and Superbreak. He averages more than 350+ shows a year. He says: "Call me a reviewer, a critic or a blogger, and you will apparently put someone or other's nose out of joint! So take it or leave it, essentially this is my theatrical diary, recording everything I go to see at the theatre in London and beyond, and venturing a little into the worlds of music and film/TV where theatrical connections can be made."

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