Sh!t-faced Shakespeare®: Romeo and Juliet

Comedy (improv, theatre)

  • Pleasance at EICC - Pentland Theatre
  • 20:00
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Sh!t-faced Shakespeare®
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains audience participation, nudity, scenes of sexual violence, scenes of a sexual nature, scenes of violence, strong language and a real live drunk! The show also contains distressing or potentially triggering themes.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


The smash-hit, internationally acclaimed, multi sell-out Fringe phenomenon is back! With a genuinely inebriated cast member each night, no two shows are ever the same in this raucous, riotous rampage through Shakespeare's most iconic play: Romeo and Juliet. Featuring a cast of the finest classically trained actors, partial nudity, foul language, spontaneous song, outrageous antics and actual Shakespeare – this unique theatrical experience reminds you to always enjoy Shakespeare responsibly.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Lift from foyer to third floor. Level access from there to auditorium.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 18 August
  • Type: Open
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Eloise Rouse 38 days ago

Really, really funny and everything was safe. They make sure everyone's happy and comfortable, and it just makes it so much fun. Would recommend!

Orla Ratcliffe 39 days ago

I thought GCSE English Literature ruined Shakespeare for me but this show made Romeo and Juliet fun and interesting again. The improvisation around the drunk person was a nice surprise, though I was a little worried for their safety at points.

Bradley Barlow 41 days ago

Never has Shakespeare been so much fun! Tears of laughter as the cast attempt to handle a cast mate who has been drinking for the previous four hours - definitely worth seeing! 5/5

Rob 42 days ago

I'm glad I saw this well into my fringe visit, because it has set a very high bar for humor. I was in tears. Clear excellent grasp of the source material, witty improv against the drunken actor's antics, properly hysterical. Very highly recommend.

tim fagan 42 days ago

was expecting an evening of lame 6th former self appreciation. "We were sooo drunk!" Couldn't have been more wrong. Genuinely hilarious, clever, and entertaining. The drunk actor's unpredictable improvisations were very funny, but the way the rest of the cast bounced off them was thing that made this performance so incredibly good.

Tomas Jennings 45 days ago

Read about the premise of the show and loved it, went to see the show and loved it

The chaos that was the drunk actor doing their own thing and the mediator trying to keep them in line led to perfectly-timed improvised hilarity that left me unable to breathe.

Definitely worth seeing with friends and a drink in hand to join along to (but not too much...)!

RP 46 days ago

We went prepared for silliness but of a witty and clever sort- we were disappointed. You have to be shit-faced yourself to raise more than the briefest of guffaws at the slap-stick, predictable, very un-Shakespearean, banal rubbish that this show contains. A great idea, poorly executed.

Julie Phillips 46 days ago

Well. Shakespeare like you’ve never seen before. Great atmosphere in this late night show. Lots of laughter to end another great day at the Fringe

Lori Mitton 47 days ago

Amazingly funny! All of the actors' ability to engage in the ultimately necessary improv was impressive! I HIGHLY recommend this show!

Andrew Smart 47 days ago

TBH it didn't turn out to be my cup of tea as I'm not a fan of slapstick. That said it was well delivered & the wider audience loved it..... & I had a giggle too!

Crystal Streams 48 days ago

An incredible show! From entering the hall to sit down right until the final curtain it was great vibes and laughs all around! Absolutely recommend this show to anyone over 16

Matt S 51 days ago

I had been primed for an hour of hilarity and heard lots of fantastic things, but felt like the show was just parodying Shakespeare for 1 hour - all well and fun but it would have been more fun to see the cast battle 1 inebriated performer rather than the whole cast "ad-libbing", joke cracking and corpsing even when the supposedly drunk actor was off stage. Having seen it once, I can't attest to what is or isn't scripted as obviously I'm not in it, but the chaperone trying to sound the horn when they need to stop the drunk person should not be slower than the tech plunging the stage into darkness - everyone should be brushing up on their 'cues' if that's the case and not making the scripted drunkenness quite so obvious. Not to mention the sightlines from sitting at the side where the chaperone is supposed to be escorting the drunk performer and they split off into different directions...congrats to the company for making the show such a success and from taking the show to the heights that it's at, and maybe I'm trying to take it too seriously, but when advertising drunken chaos and carnage, and being delivered what felt like a scripted adult panto instead, it was a big disappointment

Norma Harris 51 days ago

A great late night show. Completely irreverent take on Romeo and Juliet. Great balance of classical acting and bawdy comedy.

mark 53 days ago

Bloody brilliant! A must see!

Anna Cameron 55 days ago

Brilliant! A must see entertaining show. With one of the actors primed with far too much to drink, the affect on their performance was just hilarious. The other actors and compère keep things on track, (sort of), but allow for inevitable and amusing deviation! Loved it!

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The Skinny (5/5 stars) 37 days ago

Go once, go twice, go as many times as you can, but do not miss this!

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 37 days ago

Really funny and enjoyable.

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Neurodiverse Review (4/5 stars) 38 days ago

From die-hard fans to those who like to laugh, Sh!t-faced Shakespeare is an hour of enjoyment.

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The Student (4.5/5 stars) 47 days ago

I’ve seen a lot of really funny things already this Fringe, but nothing has made me laugh quite as much as Sh!t Faced Shakespeare.

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North West End UK (5/5 stars) 48 days ago

You may think you know Shakespeare; you may think you know Romeo and Juliet, but I have no doubt you won’t know the version that’s about to unfold in front of you at this show, and honestly neither will the cast.

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