FACTS ABOUT SLEEP NO MORE:
Opened: Original Broadway Production - March 7, 2011
Sleep No More Director: Maxin Doyle
Sleep No More Music By: Stephen Dobbie
Sleep No More Lyrics and Book By: Based upon 2003 London production by Punchdrunk, with Boston's American Repertory Theatre.
Theatre: McKittrick Hotel
Tony Award Nominations: 0
Tony Awards Won: 0
Notes: Sleep No More is sprawled across a series of abandoned warehouses in Manhattan and has been dubbed one of the most interactive experiences in theatre.
The growing popularity of interactive theatre is on full display in Punchdrunk's production, Sleep No More, which sprawls across a series of abandoned warehouses in the Chelsea gallery district of Manhattan and showcases one of the most innovative productions to hit the Broadway scene in years. The show is being put on by a British theatre company called Punchdrunk, which has made a name for itself for its dynamic stagecraft and knack for getting audiences involved in each production.
Sleep No More is a fully interactive experience where audience members don masks and explore more than 100 rooms in the specially-adapted building. The production takes place at the fictional McKittrick Hotel, which is meant to be a legendary hotel that immediately fell on hard times and was condemned in the late 1930s. With environments ranging from a bloody bedroom to a spooky hospital, audience members become fully immersed in the production, which recreates a series of scenes from Shakespeare's Macbeth. The show aims to completely remove the "fourth wall" that separates the audience and performers, and visitors are encouraged to be as nosy as possible, looking inside of cupboards, pulling back curtains and reading notes and journals they find along the way. A haunting soundtrack also permeates each environment, giving visitors a fully immersive experience that appeal to all of their senses.
While the audience is asked to stay silent for the entirety of their visit, each encounter with Sleep No More is a unique experienced, with a completely non-linear approach to storytelling as audience members navigate their way through the shadowy world that Punchdrunk has created. Those attending the show can also leave whenever they wish, and individuals can explore the premises in groups or alone. The show has received a plethora of positive reviews and has become one of the most unique theater going experiences in New York City today.