Sunday, May 19 th, 2019 at 00:05 am 



An abandoned school. Shakespeare’s fallen hero. Hitchcock’s shadow of suspense.

Award-winning British theater company Punchdrunk makes its U.S. debut with Sleep No More, an immersive production inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth, told through the lens of a Hitchcock thriller.


Sleep No More may be one of my favorite theatrical experiences ever. It’s in an old hotel over near the Hudson River and you go through a dark — everything there is very dark — and you basically go through a series of maybe 40 rooms and you can go by yourself. No one is allowed to talk and everybody is wearing a mask. So, the docents and the participants all look the same. You go through a taxidermy shop, you go through studies, you go through a hotel lobby, and an apothecary shop; the  actors sort of intermingle with you and you don’t talk to anybody else. In fact, nobody talks, but there’s music and incredible lighting. Basically, what it is, is different rooms suggest different acts in Hitchcock and Macbeth and you’re encouraged to touch things and try and figure it out. I just thought it was an amazing experience. I thought the visuals were terrific and it helps to know a little bit about Macbeth, but I think even if you don’t it’s still an amazing experience. Five stars.