Shit-faced Shakespeare’s sibling Shit-faced Showtime joins them at the Leicester Square Theatre for an exclusive four dates in July. Packed full of tunes from The Wiz, Wicked and of course the Wizard of Oz itself, this year’s Shit-faced Showtime is bound to defy gravity.
‘Shit-faced Showtime’ is the all-singing, all-dancing, all-drinking phenomenon from the professional piss-heads behind Shit-faced Shakespeare. Featuring a cast of professionally trained musical theatre performers, classic show tunes, complex choreography and one entirely shit-faced actor every night … What could possibly go right?
So how does it work? Well each performance has a cast of actors, who all arrive 4 hours before the start of the show for a ‘party’ – however this party is dry for all but one performer, who gets Shit-faced. The rest is a balancing act between the songs as they appear in the sheet music and the improv rules, which state you must go with WHATEVER the drunk actor decides to do. “Yes, and…” rather than “No, but…”. Every single show is a one-off. Every single performance has a different drunk actor. Every single time they are genuinely inebriated.
Formed in 2010, Magnificent Bastard Productions were just friends who loved creating unexpected and unpredictable theatre at music festivals such as Secret Garden Party. Shit-faced now performs across the UK and USA in Boston, Atlanta and Austin USA, adding Minnesota into the mix on the 20th January 2017. They sell-out at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes annually, and in 2015 expanded into Shit-faced Showtime.
Creator of Shit-faced Shakespeare Lewis Ironside said “It’s a handy outlet for mucking-about, showing-off and practicing the noble art of fancy dress. Unlike other troupes of thespian types we Magnificent Bastards differ in our utter contempt for restraint, orthodoxy, tedium, moderation and sobriety.”