Drink and enjoy Shakespeare's works at two events this week

The Hamlet Project and ShakesBEER combine booze and the Bard for your highbrow drinking pleasure. Bottoms up!

David Hudson as Hamlet in The Hamlet Project

David Hudson as Hamlet in The Hamlet Project Photograph: Lloyd Mulvey

We couldn't help but notice an odd trend this week in New York: two booze-fueled events themed around Shakespeare's works. Since we couldn't leave you, our valuable readers, in the dark about such inebriating—but nonetheless high-cultured—happenings, here's the scoop:

This Saturday, boozing and Bardolatry come together with ShakesBEER: The Original Shakespearean Pub Crawl. During the New York Shakespeare Exchange's tipsy trek through four Park Slope watering holes, plainclothes actors will spit verses from Romeo and Juliet, Cymbeline, As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing; check the NYSE website for details.

Get thee to a drinkery! On Sunday through Tuesday, check out The Hamlet Project: Summer in the City, where the audience gets into the act. This midtown "Shakespeare drinking theatrical event" is directed by Beth Gardiner, and conceived by Beth Lopes and Jesse Sharp. Intoxication is encouraged, so expect the tragedy to come with more than a few comedic twists.

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