New York's McKittrick Hotel: You've Never Heard of It, But Everyone Wants In
Have you dropped by Manhattan's McKittrick Hotel lately? No? That's cool, because very few people even know it exists despite the fact that it's a huge, historical building in Chelsea. You see, The McKittrick is operating as an Eyes Wide Shut-type of immersive theatrical production, put on by British company Punchdrunk.
Each evening through May 14, audiences enter the McKittrick for the ticket price of $75 each and up, to experience Sleep No More: "A Legendary Hotel. Shakespeare's Fallen Hero. A Film Noir Shadow of Suspense."
According to the excellent blog Scouting NY, the experience mandates you to wear a Venetian Bauta mask and stay silent. You are, however, "allowed to freely roam the entire 100-room set, which includes a taxidermist’s shop, a witches lair, a detective agency, a graveyard, and so many more..." There may be nudity, and there will be violence, although all of this is part of the act as you follow the players and their drama throughout the hotel.
We highly recommend reading Scounting NY's tale of his experience at Sleep No More, but here's more pertinent details:
Sleep No More is an indoor promenade performance lasting up to three hours. There are four arrival times at 7:00PM, 7:20PM, 7:40PM and 8:00PM, Mondays to Saturdays, plus Friday and Saturday late nights at 11:00PM, 11:20PM, 11:40PM and 12:00AM. After admission, patrons embark upon an individual journey and may stay inside the performance for as long as they wish until it ends at 10:00PM (2:00 AM at Friday & Saturday late night performances) after which they are welcome to stay on at the bar.
The "restaurant" and "bar" sections of the website are mysteriously empty, with only a "coming soon" to tease. We'll see it all for ourselves soon enough, though, as we've already bought our tickets and the remaining performance dates are going fast.
[Photo: Thom Kaine/Sleep No More]