Bait: Kill the Princess

Cabaret and Variety (clown, theatre)

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  • Heroes @ The SpiegelYurt - SpiegelYurt
  • 15:40
  • Aug 25
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Bait: Michelle Madsen and Liz Margereson
  • Warnings and additional info: Buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry or Pay What You Want at the venue. Audience Participation, Nudity, Scenes of Violence, Strong Language/Swearing, Scene of an execution
  • Accessibility:
    Relaxed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 1 year


What happens when the glass slipper doesn’t fit? Is it time to put a bullet in the princess’ head? In a savagely playful subversion of identity, Lecoq/LISPA-trained clowns, poets and storytellers Lizzy Shakespeare and Michelle Madsen upend beliefs and expectations in a fantastic game, using clown, spoken word and live art to create a genre-defying work which teases and provokes. ‘Seriously challenging in the most ludicrously enjoyable way’ **** ( ‘I've seldom seen two faces quite so perfect for clowning’ (

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General venue access

  • Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 1 August, 2 August, 3 August, 10 August, 8 August, 9 August, 6 August, 5 August, 4 August, 11 August, 12 August, 13 August, 14 August, 15 August, 16 August, 24 August, 23 August, 22 August, 20 August, 19 August, 18 August, 25 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: All of our performances are relaxed with a 16+ age guidance as we deal with adult themes in the show. We want to provide a warm environment where everybody is welcome, including those who find it difficult to follow the 'usual' theatre behaviour (we are not so interested in 'usual' theatre behaviour). This means that audiences have permission to respond whichever ways feel most natural to them.

Be aware that this show features:

  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer

Show does not feature:

  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Distinctive smells
  • Latex balloons
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Brian Felsen 111 days ago

This is one of the very best shows I've seen at the Fringe. Provocative (intellectually, emotionally, and literally - if you're in the audience, you're in the "splash zone" to become involved) and brilliant. Michelle and Lizzy use their training in physical performance to create a surreal world in time and space that uses every tool at their disposal to tear apart issues of gender, norms and expectations, myth and narrative, and performer and audience. Really don't miss this one!

Keith Prince 124 days ago

Great show, yes there's madness but there is method too, which slowly becomes apparent, and it's clowning like you've never seen clowning before. High strangeness in which meaning gradually develops, and the most imaginative use of a parachute I've ever seen.

ewan law 126 days ago

I was amused, confused, and by the end close to tears.
Commited performances and a perfect use of the art form which makes the audience regress, as our heroines do, into a place where i wished I could look back and remember my own inner 'princess'
5 stars, go see it.

Ellie Phillips 128 days ago

Side splittingly funny, even when they arnt speaking these ladies have a direct link to my funny bone, highly recommend! every time they perform the comedy grows and the themes develop, 2 visits and counting!!!

Lewis Evans 128 days ago

DON'T SEE THIS SHOW - This show was the worst show my wife and I saw at the fringe out of 22 shows.

If was so awful we walked out half way through. It would of been more fun going to the dentist!

I understand the concept of parodying Disney princesses but this was just painful, boring and weird.

Wife rated it 1 out of 10
I rated it 2 out of 10

Jon Musker 130 days ago

an hour of wonderful madness conjured from thin air by two witches. I loved it.

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Feminist Fringe (5/5 stars) 112 days ago

Kill the Princess is a jigsaw performance that pushes boundaries. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to see something both funny and thought-provoking – or if you are unsure of what clowning can do. It will give you many answers, and raise twice as many questions.

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Theatre Weekly (3/5 stars) 112 days ago

Though complicated, this is a piece that has a lot of meaning and is performed with great vigour. Kill The Princess is a challenging, perplexing yet thought provoking piece of theatre.

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 112 days ago

Bait Theatre is going to Kill the Princess inside us all. Tired of society selling us false fairy tale endings, it’s decided to interrogate the stories it grew up with. Michelle Madsen and Lizzy Shakespeare have created a very diverting hour of silliness. Like a political extended kid’s game of...

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The F Word 114 days ago

Kill the Princess is spontaneous and seriously funny, playful and provocative [...] a show for everyone, but especially for those who would like to see, not only the end of the patriarchy, but also the rise of new ideas and to find answers together.

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Voice Magazine (3/5 stars) 114 days ago

The skill and personality of Michelle Madsen and Liz Margereson are more than enough to pull you through.

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 117 days ago

Princess dresses and cleaning supplies turn into painfully comical horses, lakes, capes, ans tents for you to hide in. Two highly polished physical actors get up close to you and make clowning magic happen through laughter, tears and gasps. The familiar becomes unfamiliar, things that could seem completely commonplace and...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 118 days ago

The strangest things in life always seem to go down in a Spiegeltent. Clown and performance duo Bait add to this tradition with Kill the Princess, a show likely to leave many audience members scratching their heads. It is confusing and strange, but in a wonderful way. Kill the Princess...

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The List (3/5 stars) 125 days ago

Finding a happy ending...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 128 days ago

Not all little girls want to be princesses, and not all women want to be queens. Some girls want to do the rescuing, and some women want to live in a swamp and collect shiny things. This playful, physical theatre show looks at loads of other things that women and...

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