My wife and I spent a couple of weeks in New York in 2012, and it's Sleep No More that stands out in our minds as the highlight.
I'd heard that this was a remarkable experience and got the vague sense of what to expect beforehand, but purposely avoided reading up about it in detail so it was as rich and new as possible.
And boy, am I glad we plunged into this with open minds!
I think going into this merely expecting it to be a rendition of Macbeth is a mistake. Yes, it can be confusing and fragmented. Yes, I have to confess that having experienced it myself and having only a passing familiarity with Macbeth, I didn't walk out of it with a complete handle on the characters and plot.
But - somehow, this didn't matter.
Everything about this production was, for me, pitch perfect. From the moment you walk up to the hotel, you are transported into an alternate reality where your experience has been meticulously designed for you. The hotel bar is dark, moody and electric. We had just enough time to knock back a Manhattan Martini and enjoy the live music for a few minutes before being ushered into the hotel proper.
The music and sound design is haunting and evocative. The decor and scenery has been expertly arranged, and beautifully lit. Dark enough for you to fumble around wondering who is going to pop out from behind the curtain, but light enough for you to appreciate all the performances and avoid walking into furniture.
Honestly, even without the actors, I could have wandered around for hours imagining all the stories that these rooms may have played host to.
The people behind Sleep No More have done much more than just conducted an experiment. I think they have created an entirely new medium that is tuned to stimulate your mind in a way that no movie, play, or video game can offer.
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