Audience members allegedly sexually assaulted performers during a “Macbeth” adaptation in New York City, BuzzFeed reported Tuesday.
Eight former actors and employees from “Sleep No More,” the sex-filled and bloody adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy, alleged they experienced groping and other forms of sexual misconduct from attendees, they told BuzzFeed. The outlet confirmed 17 incidents from 2011-2017.
Tickets for the performance start at $100 and attendees are split up from people they know while wearing white masks to preserve a sense of anonymity and mystery during the unique performance. Actors are naked in some scenes as attendees wander from room to room to watch the performance at the McKittrick Hotel.
One employee claims that she routinely got her breasts groped by attendees. “It wasn’t a nightly occurrence or a shift occurrence, but it happened regular enough,” said Avery Lincoln, 26, a steward for “Sleep No More” from 2014 to 2016.
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“I was so shocked that anyone would do something like that. And then I just carried on with the show,” said Kelly Bartnik, 39, who formerly played the part of the Bald Witch. She claims that a woman from the audience groped her breast during a 2012 performance.
“Sleep No More” confirmed seven of these incidents.
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