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Sh!t-Faced Showtime: A Pissedmas Carol - Leicester Square Theatre

Sh!t-Faced Showtime: A Pissedmas Carol

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CAST members from Sh!t-faced Showtime and Sh!t-faced Shakespeare come together for the first time to present A Pissedmas Carol. An all singing, all drinking alternative Christmas knees-up, it runs at Leicester Square Theatre from November 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020.

Miserly Scrooge and his classic coterie of employees, relatives and ghosts travel through time having the night of his life – past, present and future. But will Scrooge be merry before the end? Or will it be the spirits that have had too many spirits?

With one genuinely drunk cast member in every performance, A Pissedmas Carol is described as the ultimate “You’ll never guess what happened to me last night” story.

So how does it work? Well each performance has a cast of 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 songs as they appear in the sheet music and the 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.

Formed in 2010, 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, USA and Australia. They sell-out at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes annually, and in 2015 expanded into Sh!t-faced Showtime.

Producer and performer James Murfitt said: “This yuletide crossing the streams has never been more exciting. For the first time we’ll be combining the individual talents of Showtime and Shakespeare to create a spirit soaked musical Spooktacular, uniting fans of both shows for more Christmas revelry and debauched drunkenness than Tiny Tim can shake a crutch at! Bar. Rum, Glug.”

The cast includes Katy Baker, James Murfitt, John Mitton, Issy Wroe Wright, Hal Hillman and David Ellis, with further casting to be confirmed.

Produced by James Murfitt and Issy Wroe Wright and written by David Ellis, A Pissedmas Carol is directed by Katy Baker and has musical direction by Nick Moore.

A Pissedmas Carol may contain nudity and strong language and is therefore suitable for ages 16+.

Image by Rah Petherbridge.

Tickets: £17.50 – £26.25. To book, call 020 7734 2222 or visit www.leicestersquaretheatre.com/.

Times: Wednesday to Saturday at 7pm. No performances on December 25 and 26 and January 1.

Running Time: 60 minutes.

Also at Leicester Square Theatre: Sh!t-faced Shakespeare®: Hamlet (until September 14) and MUSIK by writer Jonathan Harvey and Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe (September 3 to September 7, 2019).