"A legendary hotel. Shakespeare's fallen hero. A film noir shadow of suspense." Seems catchy, doesn’t it?
Many people have been tirelessly talking about the profound and unique experience they had after attending Sleep No More, hosted inside the McKittrick Hotel, in Chelsea.
“Sleep No More is an award-winning theatrical experience that tells Shakespeare ’s Scottish tragedy through a film noir lens. Audiences move freely through the epic world of the story at their own pace, choosing where to go and what to see, and everyone ’s journey is different and unique. This indoor promenade performance can last up to 3 hours”, but it really depends on the spectator and what he/she feels like experiencing and observing.
The experience is retelling the famous Shakespeare's tragedy, "Macbeth", lived in a 1920's hotel.
How does it work?
There are 5 arrival times for each performance ranging from 6pm - 12am depending on the day of the week.
First, this is not a seated performance. The Hotel transformed 5 floors and 93 rooms into this massive performance space where the guests walk through these different ambiances, exploring different sceneries, observing thrilling, emotional performances and sometimes even interacting with the peculiar performers. No one talks inside! So keep it silent, please!
Also, every one receives a venetian mask to keep the identities confidential, this way, everyone feels more comfortable in being “voyeurs”….there are some spicy scenes…
The rooms are amazing and were transformed into: a hospital's psychiatric ward, an ultra luxurious room, a forest, a sophisticated hotel bar and several other surprises. The actors and actresses wander around the spaces, interact with each other and with the guests..so this way, people can see the show in different chronological orders, as hey wish.
After the show, which as said above, can last up to 3 hours and depends entirely on “you”, look for the Manderley Bar where you can have a drink, relax and listen to music. Obs: Prohibited to kids below 16.
At the rooftop, you can also go to the bar, Gallow Green, which is a perfect spot specially during the summer time. The decor is pretty cool, with lots of greens all around. It’s considered one of the Top 10 Bars/Restaurants in the City. The sunset there is amazing, so you can chose to swing by before the show starts for a drink.
If you want to finish the night with dinner, you can also book a table at The Heath. They offer a dinner menu, a Sleep No More Prix Fix Menu and a delicious Dessert Menu.
Have fun! (…which we’re sure you will!)
Address: The McKittrick Hotel - 530 West 27th Street, Chelsea
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Sleep No More, Driely S. and Loren Wohl