The Donkey Show

The Donkey Show

Cambridge, MA
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About The Donkey Show

“Riveting. . . So visceral that words seem almost beside the point.”

  • The Boston Globe

Tony Award winner Diane Paulus's celebrated smash hit THE DONKEY SHOW, brings you the ultimate disco experience—a crazy circus of mirror balls and feathered divas, of roller skaters and hustle queens inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Come party on the dance floor to all the 70s disco hits you know by heart as the show unfolds around you. After the show, the party continues into the night so you can live out your own fantasy of disco fever!

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Do you have disco fever? “The Donkey Show” at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., just might have the cure. This disco-infused adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” takes audiences on a wild, immersive journey through the magic and fairy-filled story — all the way to the dance floor. There are mirror balls, roller skaters, hustle queens, and lots of glitter, all underscored by ‘70s disco hits. After the show, the dance party continues into the night. Trust us, you haven’t seen the Bard this way before.

“The Donkey Show” was conceived by Randy Weiner, the producer behind the immersive show “Sleep No More,” and co-created with Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus. “The Donkey Show” ran off Broadway in New York City from 1999 and 2005, and was revived at American Repertory Theater in 2009 when Paulus began there as artistic director. It has become an absolute must-see and fixture of the Cambridge theater scene.

What to watch for

The performance space features a dance floor and a bar.

In this retelling of the Bard’s play, Oberon is reimagined as a nightclub impresario.

Diane Paulus’s Broadway directing credits include “Hair,” “Waitress,” “Finding Neverland,” and “Pippin,” among others.

Run time

90 minutes with no intermission

Start date

August 21st, 2009

End date

September 8th, 2019






Recommended for ages 18 and up


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