Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Speakeasy Announces Show Closing, Relocating for 2015

Posted By on Fri, May 9, 2014 at 1:17 PM

If you're a fan of the prohibition era and want to relive the seedy exploits of mobsters and flappers, now is the time do it.

The Boxcar Theatre's immersive production, The Speakeasy, announced Thursday that the show will close June 21.

After a six-month run and much success, the show must now come to an end, due to a property sale of the leased space, according to John Hill, publicist. But don't worry, Hill says the producers of The Speakeasy already planned on looking for a bigger -- better home.

"The show has been far more successful than they had expected and they realize the current space they have now is too small for their ambitions," Hill says.

The plan is for The Speakeasy to find a new space that's at least twice as big (about 10,000 sq ft.) and able to accommodate about 250 patrons a night. The new venue will hopefully be leased and ready for an early 2015 opening.

But until then, catch the show while you can. They've sold out many nights, so five Wednesday dates have been added to the schedule starting May 14.

For those of you who aren't familiar with The Speakeasy, it's a an interactive play that time warps audience members to the 1920s prohibition era. Audience members must make online reservations -- and because true speakeasy fashion is in order -- they are asked to dress the part. Show goers aren't given the location of the club until the day before the show, and when they arrive a password is required for entry. Inside patrons are immersed into the speakeasy world with a full on bar, casino and burlesque show in an interactive play where you can't tell who's an actor and who's an audience member.

The show that launched this January opened with an unlimited run, and tickets were initially sold for one eight-week block. The popularity of the show allowed the producers to continue scheduling performances six to eight weeks out.

We hope the Boxcar Theatre finds The Speakeasy a new home soon. As we here in San Francisco know, the speakeasy tradition is a familiar favorite.

For reservations visit

For events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF, Adrian at @adrianrrodri, and like us on Facebook

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , ,

About The Author

Adrian Rodriguez


Comments are closed.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"