To drink, or not to drink? Hamlet gets Sh*t Faced!

Last Updated on 3rd April 2019

Magnificent Bastards are bringing Shit-Faced Shakespeare Hamlet to the Leicester Square Theatre from 19 June to 14 September 2019.

Shit Faced Shakespeare Hamlet Leicester Square Theatre
Photo: Rah Petherbridge

Sh!tfaced-Shakespeare® is finally ready to tackle the greatest dramatic work ever committed to page in the English language, 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’. Think of it like Game of Thrones with less boobs (probably).

Following Sh!t-faced Showtime®: Oliver With a Twist! (27th March – 12th April) and Sh!t-faced Shakespeare®: The Taming of the Shrew (17th April – 1st June), Magnificent Bastard Productions continue their extensive run of dates at Leicester Square Theatre by hamming up Hamlet (29th June – 14th September).

Shit Faced Hamlet will feature Stacey Norris, David Ellis, Natalie Boakye, Madeleine Schofield, Christopher Lane, Richard Hughes, Beth-Louise Priestley, Simi Egbejumi-David, Saul Marron.

Still not sure how it works? Each performance takes a cast of professionally trained, Shakespearian actors and every night one carefully selected company member is tasked with drinking for a full four hours prior to show time. The remainder of the sober cast are tasked with wrangling our 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.


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