Don't Sleep on Sleep No More: 7 Things You Should Know Before Taking in the Most Immersive Theatre Experience in NYC

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Sleep No More is, without a doubt, one of the most unique theatre experiences you can have in New York City. 

The show takes place at The McKittrick Hotel, which for the sake of the production, is said to be an abandoned hotel that has been refurbished. There are 5 floors to explore, including The Manderley Bar, which will transport you back to the swingin' 1920s. 

It's produced by Punchdrunk, a theatre company that specializes in immersive performances, and is a re-imagination of Shakespeare's Macbeth

"Immersive" is putting it lightly when it comes to Sleep No More.  

Audience members are free to roam about the space as they choose, as the scenes of Macbeth are performed voicelessly around them. You may follow whomever you want, and go wherever you want. 

And if you let it, some really cool stuff will happen to you. But, you have to go after it; it's not just going to fall in your lap.  

The experience definitely isn't for everyone, but if you're feeling adventurous, it's something I would highly recommend. And, you can see the show over and over and still see new things each time. I've been on three occasions and am itching to go back for more. 

Therefore, I think it's safe to say I'm an expert on this subject. So, here are a few of the most important things to keep in mind during your Sleep No More experience. 


1. You have to wear a mask

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Before entering the show, you'll be handed a mask and instructed to put it on and leave it on for the remainder of the show. 

It helps to maintain the audience's anonymity, but since the show involves close contact with the actors, it's also is a clear indicator of who is an audience member and who is a performer in the show. 

So, seriously, don't take it off. 

Yes, it will get uncomfortable. It will get sweaty and gross under there. But it's totally worth it. 


2. Comfortable clothes are a wise choice

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This isn't a show where you're seated for 2.5 hours - you're MOVING. There's tons to see, multiple levels to explore, and many flights of stairs. 

I enjoy getting dressed up for a night out as much as the next person, but trust me, it's worth it to forgo the heels and dress and wear something you can move in. Your feet will thank you. 

It also gets brutally hot in there, so be sure to dress accordingly. 


3. You should really do it alone 

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By all means, go to the show with a group of friends or a date, but in order to get the most out of the show, you should really experience it totally alone. 

Grab dinner or drinks after the show to rehash all the crazy shit you saw and did during the show. Trust me, you'll have a TON to talk about, especially if you choose to fly solo during the performance. 


4. You'll probably be really confused

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You likely read Macbeth in your high school English class and are able to recall basic plot points. Or perhaps you're a Shakespeare savant and know the play like the back of your hand. Either way, I hate to break it to you, but you're going to be confused during this performance. 

The reason being that it's such a loose interpretation. The creators of the show took the core of the play and expanded it way beyond what Shakespeare wrote down. 

Luckily, you can purchase a handy little booklet after the show that breaks down exactly who each character is and what's happening in the show, so you won't be too confused for long. 

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