Sleep no more: Macbeth-inspired production pulls out all stops

Shanghai, China (CNN)From hypermodern, twisted skyscrapers and levitating trains to frenetic street-life, a visit to Shanghai can result in sensory overload.

So where better for an Asian premier of “experiential theater” from Punchdrunk — a group that has been exploding traditional notions of performance for over 15 years and strives to leave audiences feeling exactly like their name after a performance?
Since December, visitors to the fictitious McKinnon Hotel in the city’s Jing’an district have been transported into the 1930s to experience “Sleep No More,” an unconventional, cinematic live production based on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”

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    they often are built upwards so it’s all layered on top of each other,” he says. “McKinnon is literally built for this town.”
    The production is a partnership with major Chinese media company SMG. It eased the path to finding the location and securing permits to perform in a previously disused building.
    With “locked room” adventures now fairly familiar to young Chinese urbanites, and having been thrilled by “The McKittrick Hotel” in New York, Luke Ma of SMG had no fears that Shanghai would be ready for a Punchdrunk production.
    “People here are always looking to experience the new,” he says.
    As the show is now sold out, with new performances to be added, it seems he has been proven right.

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