No theatre? No problem.

Don’t have a traditional theatre on hand? More and more groups seem to be saying “that’s alright, we’ll make do” and seeking out alternative theatre spaces. And I have to say, I love this trend. A production of The Tempest staged steps away from the ocean,  Halloween-themed shows performed in a cemetery, even promenade plays that invite audiences to walk along the streets of a town and experience a theatrical event in an incredibly immersive fashion. A notable example is the NYC production, Sleep No More, which took a few abandoned warehouses and created “the McKintrick Hotel,” a 1930s setting for a multi-story recreation of MacBeth. Audience members don masks and follow the action of not only the Shakespeare original, but also what precedes and follows the story of Mac as we know it.

An immaculate amount of detail, room after room of embellishments and the result? A macabre and innovative manner of storytelling that invites the audience to be a part of its unsettling nature.

Images by Sara Krulwich

17 thoughts on “No theatre? No problem.

    • Critics have agreed that if you’re looking for a traditional version of Sleep No More, you won’t be getting the best version of Shakespeare’s words. But that’s why I find the work so intriguing. When a piece is that old, and gone through countless remountings, it would be difficult to stand out. And yet this group has found a way to breathe new life into the work. I think that’s a good sign for the future of theatre.

  1. I heard about this show from a friend of mine who actually helped with the set build for this show! It sounds amazing 😀

  2. Great post! I’ve been doing “House Theatre” for the past year: taking solo-performance pieces and doing them in people’s houses. It’s been a wild ride, to be sure. But people are hungry for this kind of intimate theatre. Moving to CA in a few months to be in warmer houses…

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