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Sh*t-faced Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice - Leicester Square Theatre

Sh*t-faced Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MAGNIFICENT Bastard Productions are returning to Leicester Square Theatre with The Merchant of Venice – from April 18 to June 2, 2018.

If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you get us sh*t-faced, do we not remember our lines?

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 sh*t-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.

Every single show is a one-off. Every single performance has a different drunk actor. Every single time they are genuinely inebriated.

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 London’s nonsensical city tours.

Formed in 2010 by a group of East15 graduates, Magnificent Bastard Productions were just friends who loved creating unexpected and unpredictable theatre at music festivals such as Secret Garden Party. Sh*t-faced now performs across the UK, Australia and USA in Boston, Atlanta and Austin. They sell-out at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes annually, and in 2015 expanded into Sh*t-faced Showtime, a pissed-up hour of harmonious Broadway showtunes.

The Merchant of Venice will be followed by Romeo and Juliet (June 20 to September 1).

For more information and to book tickets, visit leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/.