Back in July, the PR team at The McKittrick Hotel hit our inbox with what they described as “our most exciting announcement yet!” — that Sleep No More would welcome new audiences starting October 4, 2021. Now, they have put the show back into hibernation and pushed reopening to Valentine’s Day 2022.
Like many New York shows on and off-Broadway, fall reopening has proved challenging, with the Delta COVID variant and a limited number of international tourists allowed into the United States to fill venues. This morning, Broadway Briefing reported that in an email sent to ticket holders the show had moved its reopening day from October to February.
As of today, the last tweet from Sleep No More NYC was on March 13, 2020, when the show shuttered as the pandemic took hold of the city. When it finally returns in February, it will have been closed for just over 23 months (far greater than the 30 days they originally expected).
Presented by Emursive, Punchdrunk theater company’s Sleep No More is an award-winning theatrical experience that tells Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth through a darkly cinematic lens. Audiences wearing masks move freely through 100 rooms sprawling over 100,000 square feet inside The McKittrick Hotel for an atmospheric, immersive experience. Guests can also enjoy live music and cocktails in the Manderley Bar during and after the show.
In recent months, there have been smaller shows playing at The McKittrick. Next month, The Woman in Black — a ghost play in a pub — is scheduled for a return to The Club Car for a limited engagement from October 21, 2021 through to January 30, 2022. Speakeasy Magick, hosted by magician Todd Robbins, will continue to run for small groups on Thursday and Friday evenings through September.
The hotel’s rooftop garden bar & restaurant, Gallow Green, continues to be open for dinner and drinks.
The venue and production are now well funded to survive the pandemic. Emursive LLC, the producers of shows at the venue, was awarded $648,450 from the Shuttered Venues Operators Grants in August. The venue was also one of the successful applicants for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund — receiving $5 million as One 27 Roof LLC for trading company Gallow Green.
Today, the McKittrick Hotel website had changed to say that Sleep No More would return in February 2022. The PR team did not respond at the time of publication to our request for comment.