Shit-Faced Shakespeare
by Magnificent Bastard Productions

Jan. 22 - Jun. 25, 2016
Wednesdays-Saturdays

Shit-faced Shakespeare Continues Its Austin Bard Takeover

 

Shit-faced Shakespeare, presented by UK-based Magnificent Bastard Productions, will be keeping the party going through the end of June at Spider House Ballroom. The extension features the Austin-based cast that has been performing the adaptation since its arrival to the Lone Star State at the end of January. 

 

Shit-faced Shakespeare seeks to introduce a new generation of theatre-goers to the works of the Bard, in the manner we are convinced it was originally intended to be presented. As the sober cast members desperately attempt to tell the story around the drunk, we hark back to the time of the King’s Men of the 1600’s, inviting the audience to see past the archaisms of language and into the pulsating heart of the play - reminding them as we go to always enjoy Shakespeare responsibly!  

Shit-faced Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by Magnificent Bastard Productions

Austin Cast: 

Hannah Rose Barfoot

Isto Barton

Evan Davies

Kailyr Frazier

Joseph Garlock

Becky Musser

Rebecca Pearcy Wright

Megan Rabuse

Ashley Rothwell

Elly Stevens

 

An adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream By William Shakespeare & The Company with additional material by Lewis Ironside; Shit-faced Shakespeare by Magnificent Bastard Productions is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely shit-faced cast member. Side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive, the show has already entertained more than 40,000 eager theatre goers across the UK, 15,000 in Boston, and 3,000 in Austin!

For More Information:  www.shit-facedshakespeare.comAn adaptation of A​Midsummer Night’s Dream​By William Shakespeare with additional material by Lewis Ironside; S​hit-faced Shakespeare b​y Magnificent Bastard Productions is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely shit-faced cast member. Side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive, the show has already entertained over 25,000 eager theatre goers across the UK, and now they have come to the states!

Shit-faced Shakespeare, presented by UK-based Magnificent Bastard Productions, crossed the pond in early 2015 for the US premiere of their completely interactive production of A Midsummer Night's Dream an entirely serious production with an entirely drunken cast member. Yes, you read that correctly. Drunk and 100% legal. Every performance includes one genuinely drunken professional actor, selected at random - making no two productions ever the same. This raunchy and magnificent bunch of friends will present A​Midsummer Night’s Dream​in Austin come January. Having successfully completed multiple sell-out runs of the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe Festivals, and a hugely popular run in Boston, Shit-faced Shakespeare is gearing up to head to the Spider House Cafe and Ballroom in January/February for eight weeks. While Shit-Faced Shakespeare US checks off Boston and Austin in 2016, UK actors will be gearing up for their West End production this spring. The US has seen its fair share of mega-theater imports from the UK but not on the fringe scene. “Having spent ten years in London, working as an actor and producer - I’m thrilled to be able to bring one of the hottest comedies from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the states,” says Gabriel Kuttner, producer of Shit-faced Shakespeare.

Previous productions have featured highlights such as partial male nudity, ill-fated crowd surfing, transvestitism, simulated sex acts, unconsciousness, partial female nudity, Justin Timberlake impressions, actual acts of a sexual nature and ‘battle yodelling’. All presented within the confines of one of the finest works in the literary canon.

Shit-Faced Shakespeare seeks to introduce a new generation of theatre-goers to the works of the Bard, in the manner we are convinced it was originally intended to be presented. As the sober cast members desperately attempt to tell the story around the drunk, we hark back to the time of the King’s Men of the 1600’s, inviting the audience to see past the archaisms of language and into the pulsating heart of the play - reminding them as we go always to enjoy Shakespeare responsibly!

Feature by James Rodriguez in the Daily Texan, January 22, 2016

Shit-faced Shakespeare​in numbers:

  • ·  6​​Years old and still 0​​deaths

  • ·  Over 1​50 ​professional shows performed

  • ·  More than 1​,400 ​cans and over 3​75 ​bottles of beer consumed on stage

  • ·  Times the Dawson's Creek theme tune has been drunkenly sung: 3​7

  • ·  Approximately 4​,450 ​Units of alcohol drank in preparation for shows

  • ·  2​9 ​individual nipples displayed on stage (6​2%​of them male)

  • ·  £ ​ 179.90 worth of Domino's Pizza ordered for a single show (it was 2 for 1 Thursday)

  • ·  Number of prosthetic limbs used during sword fights: 1​

    “ Theatre, after all, should be more of an experience than a passive event. “ ​– B​ ​D C W i r e “ You'll want to get s-faced with this Shakespeare adaptation ... ” - ​ ​T​h​e Boston Metro
    “A high concept show if ever there was one ...”​-​Guardian
    “This. Is. Spectacular! ... m​akes for a fun night”​-​Jared Bowen, WGBH

    “The funniest show we saw on our four-day trip to the Scottish capital... Brilliant!”-​Daily Star
    “I​t’s chaotic, it’s crass, it’s fun, and it’s a show that certainly should not be missed.”​– H​arvard Crimson “Very rock ‘n’ roll.”-​London Times

     


Shit-Faced Shakespeare
by William Shakespeare and ensemble of Magnificent Bastard Productions
Magnificent Bastard Productions

Wednesdays-Saturdays,
January 22 - June 25, 2016
Spider House Ballroom
2906 Fruth Street
Austin, TX, 78705

Extension runs :: April 8, 2016 - June 25, 2016; select Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Full schedule and tickets available at www.shit-facedshakespeare.com

Doors 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Spider House Ballroom, 2908 Fruth Street, Austin, TX 78705

Tickets: www.shit-facedshakespeare.com

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