Shit-faced Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice
  • West End

The multi sell-out fringe phenomenon is back in London for 2018 with two new shows kicking off with The Merchant of Venice (18th April - 2nd June). Critically lauded (and occasionally lambasted), Magnificent Bastard Productions return to the Leicester Square Theatre with a duo of Shakespeare classics served up with their signature shit-faced twist. With familiar faces alongside new performers, cast members include storytelling comedian and actor Will Seaward, the booming voice behind cult comedy hit Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories, as well as Rob Smythson, one of the founding members of Bullshit Londons nonsensical city tours.

So how does it work? Each performance has a cast of six actors, who all arrive four hours before the start of the show for a party - however this party is dry for all but one performer, who gets Shit-faced. The rest is a balancing act between the (trimmed down to an hour) Shakespeare script and improv rules, which state you must go with whatever the drunk actor decides to do. Yes, and rather than No, but. Every single show is a one-off. Every single performance has a different drunk actor. Every single time they are genuinely inebriated.

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