Frequently asked questions

Q. Why?

A. The short answer is, because it's fun.

      The long answer is, because alcohol adds an element of unpredictability to an extremely well known play, creating a challenge for the actors and excitement for the audience.  Besides, Shakespeare and the actors of his time were pretty routinely drunk themselves so one could argue that we're simply respecting tradition.

Q. You're not really getting drunk, though, right?

A. Actually, we are.  Or more accurately, one of us is.  We choose small casts to allow the greatest number of actors possible to have a "drunk night." On their drunk night, that one actor will drink several shots of 80 proof  whiskey in front of the audience.  From that point on, the show will proceed as rehearsed and memorized with drunk and sober actors working together to keep the show on the rails.

Q. Can I drink too?

A. Yes, though depending on the venue, drinks may be restricted to the bar/lobby area.  


Q. Is there an age restriction?

A. While there is no age restriction for the show as patrons purchasing drinks are carded at the bar, please understand that witnessing alcohol consumption and its effects is central to the experience.  We can make no guarantees about the language or behavior of the drunk actor. Parental discretion is advised.

About Us

Bard & Bourbon is dedicated to performing beautiful, fully staged productions of classical works with a touch of irreverence.  Each production features small non-traditional casts playing multiple parts while getting one actor very drunk over the course of the show.

Bard & Bourbon strongly encourages responsible drinking! Our actors get drunk on a rotating schedule to ensure time to recover, have the rest of the cast watching out for them, and NEVER drive afterwards.  If you are planning on drinking with us, please take similar steps to ensure a safe and fun night of indulgence.