This website uses cookies. If you continue to use the site, your agreement will result in cookies being set.

Drunk Shakespeare
Drunk Shakespeare Tickets

Drunk Shakespeare Tickets

New York
The Ruby Theatre
Raise a glass to this unique Shakespeare series where booze upends the Bard.

Drunk Shakespeare Information

See the booziest Bard shows New York has to offer at Drunk Shakespeare off Broadway. Get Drunk Shakespeare tickets now.

What is Drunk Shakespeare?

At every performance of Drunk Shakespeare, five actors within the The Drunk Shakespeare Society put on one of the famous playwright's works; it changes each night. But this isn't like the Shakespeare you'll see at Shakespeare in the Park or at the Globe. Pre-show, one of the actors takes five shots of whiskey (joined for the first one by an audience member, to prove the liquor's real) and must proceed to play their part. It's up to the other four actors to keep the show going while also following whatever unexpected choices the fifth actor drunkenly makes.

Drunk Shakespeare has been in New York since 2014; at first, the Society only put on Macbeth, but more shows have been added to the rotation. The show has changed venues multiple times since its premiere: It was first at a real bar called Quinn's Bar, then at Times Square's Roy Arias Stages, then at 777 Theatres, where it was playing when the pandemic hit. Since its 2021 reopening, the Gallery at Green Fig, a lounge within the Green Fig restaurant in Midtown, has hosted performances of Drunk Shakespeare in New York.

Certain things about the show have remained the same from venue to venue. Each venue is decorated to look like an old library. Improv, contemporary references, and audience interaction all become part of each show, making even Shakespeare's tragedies into comedies. And most importantly of all, the audience is able to purchase cocktails for themselves and join in the liquor-fueled fun.

How long is Drunk Shakespeare?

Drunk Shakespeare runs 90 minutes with no intermission. Though Shakespeare plays vary in length, all are performed within 90 minutes at Drunk Shakespeare.

Get Drunk Shakespeare tickets in New York now. Ticketholders for Drunk Shakespeare must be 21+.

Photo credit: Aubrey Taylor (Photo by Travis Emery Hackett)

Get tickets to Drunk Shakespeare off Broadway, or sign up to receive our latest news and show alerts.

Run time

90 minutes (no intermission)

Opening date

November 30th, 2023

Closing date

March 31st, 2024


Plays, Theatre, Off-Broadway, Comedy

Previews from

March 1st, 2014


21+ only. Photo ID required.

Cast and creative

By: The Drunk Shakespeare Society
Director: David Hudson
Producer: Scott Griffin for Meme Juice Productions & CM Lisa Klages
Cast list: Nate Betancourt, Danielle Cohn, Tim Haber, Josh Hyman, David Andrew Laws, Whit Leyenberger, Preston Mulligan, Mariah Parris, Mike Sause, Aubrey Taylor, Khiry Walker