Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Macbeth

Comedy (classical, improv)

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  • Underbelly, Bristo Square - McEwan Hall
  • 23:00
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Magnificent Bastard Productions Ltd.
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation, Adult Themes, Nudity, Sexual References, Violence, Swearing, Alcohol, drunkenness. You will automatically be assigned seats. If you would like to select specific seats please contact Underbelly.
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


They have toured the world, won multiple awards, broken onto London's West End, survived eight consecutive Festival Fringes and once received a zero-star review in The Times! They are Shit-Faced Shakespeare and they are back in Edinburgh with an all-new show for 2019. Featuring a cast of classically trained actors and a single drunken performer thrown into the mix every night. What could possible go right? And to make sure that luck will be on their side, this year they are bringing Macbeth! Is this a lager I see before me? Yes, yes it is.

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JB 82 days ago

I’m afraid I wouldn’t give this any stars. We saw Macbeth. The only positive I can say is that a couple of the actors were decent. The ‘drunk’ actor was not drunk, despite there being an entire drinks cabinet on stage. It was awkward to watch and we didn’t laugh once between four of us. What annoyed me the most was that even in spite of the interruptions from the ‘drunk actor’, the plot line to Macbeth was completely lost in the production and impossible to follow. Only go to if you want to watch a man sip a bud light and stumble around the stage like a 16 year old at their first house party.

James 88 days ago

Real pity Shitfaced have sold out and started faking it all. Bring back the integrity or stop milking an audience you're lying to.

Rachael Bermingham 89 days ago

Sadly I wasn’t convinced. We had a shit-faced Malcolm except I really didn’t think he was. Dishing out a few expletives and stumbling around just felt like 6th form comedy acting.

Adam D 91 days ago

Watched as the drunk Macbeth almost caused a table to collapse with them and someone else on it after they got too excited. Utterly hillarious.

Paul Clayden 92 days ago

With the caveat that I am not familiar with Macbeth I found it a pretty weak show. However some people seemed to find it funny. Maybe good if you know Macbeth.

E 96 days ago

Funny show. Made me go Ha. Go see it.

Jack Haynes 100 days ago

Very funny rendition of Macbeth. Full of dynamic off script edits to maximise the antics. Great show for a fun night out.

Glenn Forbes 101 days ago

Only funny if you are amused by people pretending to have had a drink. It’s fairly obvious that the “shit-faced” actor isn’t drinking very much. Reminded me of freshers week at university. Would not recommend to anyone aged over 18.

Funny. 103 days ago

Not really drunk and sipped his beer on stage. Funny he does all his "drinking" off stage. But very would watch again. Very funny. 5 star.

Angie Blackworth 103 days ago

Had a great time at Shitfaced Shakespeare. Saw it last year a few time, and came back for more this year. Wasn't quite as funny this year, but still a good roar. They have a sister show called Shitfaced Showtime. The Shakespeare version is so much better as most of the audience knew the story and the famous lines, which made the drunken mess that followed so much more enjoyable.

Mark Reynolds 103 days ago

Shit-faced Shakespeare back again and didn't disappoint. Quotes from the 5th August:

"Kill them Chris."

"I sure hope nothing bad happens to you Duncan."

"No James, you go off this way."

"You go talk over there whilel I go downstage."

"They don't care about gender identities in Scotland."

"I can't go to Scotland I haven't brought my passport."

"What is this knocking I hear?"
"Amazon delivery for you."

Lewis Evans 103 days ago

An interesting concept that brings shakespeare more accessable with a well acted performance interjected with a drunken performance. A amusing show that I rated as a 7 out of 10.

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Voice Magazine (4/5 stars) 89 days ago

Rowdy and unpretentious, Shitfaced Shakespeare: Macbeth is a good laugh, even if you’re not a fan of Shakespeare.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 103 days ago

Magnificent Bastard Productions have returned to the Fringe with their simple but chaotic concept. Introducing the premise for newcomers, the director explains how this rapid retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth involves one performer completely off their face. The result is a laugh-a-minute parody with electric improv that somehow does not shirk...

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