Kristen Hartke reviews the new production, “Drunk Shakespeare,” In NPR [National Public Radio], 28 Jan. 2018. The cast performs drunk, and most of the audience is drunk or half-drunk too.
Here is a paragraph from the theater review:
“Historians have found that working men drank between four pints and over a gallon of beer every single day,” says [Amanda] Herbert, noting that the ABV content of the beer could range anywhere from 2 to 12 percent. Writing in The Recipes Project, an exploration of historical recipes by an international group of scholars, Dr. James Brown and Dr. Angela McShane note, “It seems likely that early modern people were indeed constantly tipsy, if not perpetually drunk.”