Godfather Death: A Grimm's Musical

Musicals and Opera (musical theatre, live music)

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Based on a little-known Grimm's fairy tale, this musical tells the story of one poor boy's journey through life, with Death as his Godfather. Welcome to this darkly comic and gleefully macabre world – there are no Disney endings here...

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Rebecca Moessmer 25 days ago

One of me and my sister’s biggest highlights this year (and we both saw around 40 different shows). An absolute magnificent cast, energetic, versatile – it consisted of only four people –, with strong voices and an unmatched charisma (especially the Death was INCREDIBLE)!
Besides being emotional, it was also so much funnier than I ever expected, in a dark comedic and macabre kind of way.
I loved the score and lyrics, should they ever release a music album, I’d buy it in an instant.
I hope the musical will return to Fringe (next year? one day?), and then hopefully in a bigger venue, so more people can enjoy this masterpiece.

JB 38 days ago

I always enjoyed darker fairy tales so this musical suited me perfectly. It has a very talented cast and the music is excellent. Definitely recommend.

Beautifully macabre 39 days ago

It was a joy to watch this show, a perfect mix of the creeping loom of death and comfort of life. With beautiful music and wonderful singing performances put in by every performer I was gripped from start to finish. It is hard to single any performer out as they were all incredibly strong. Totally recommend if you can see it before it’s gone!

Rowanne Ness 40 days ago

An exceptionally talented cast who had the audience captivated from the offset. The musical numbers were powerful and the harmonies often sent shivers down my spine. I feel very lucky to have seen this musical performed in such an intimate venue and have no doubt that it has a long and successful journey ahead of it in bigger venues across the country! Get a ticket (if you can!)

Ege Atila 40 days ago

An extremely talented cast, catchy music, and a really well-structured script. One of the best musicals in the festival right now. Go see it while you still can!

Hall Alyson 41 days ago

My first musical at my first Edinburgh festival. Brilliant. If death looked like the actor, we might not be so scared of it! Very well performed with lots of changing roles.The musicians were great and the singing was top-note. The harmonies sounded great. I loved the show and it left the audience with lots to think about, mainly the inevitable!
5 stars from me. Viewed 15/08/23

Grace 43 days ago

Such an amazing show! The music is brilliant and the cast were all fantastic. I hope they can bring the show to a bigger space in the future, it has so much potential and deserves the big audiences it can definitely draw in!

William Brown 43 days ago

Excellent dramatic musical. Performed to perfection by a small cast in a small (30 seat?) venue. Songs & story are good, and the singing and acting were quite good. This show deserves to be picked up for a bigger venue at least 5X larger.

Memorable, should not be missed.

carlijn nouwen 46 days ago

AWESOME! Go see, queue early to find a spot - and be generous afterwards when (not if...) you enjoy it as much as we did (though they don't charge an entry fee, it does cost real money to put on a show!)
Brilliant and funny acting, a plot to properly fit the allotted time without overcrowding it, and amazing vocals which resisted the temptation to over-dramatise and instead found their nuance in unexpectedly soft moments of nearly suppressed emotion.

Christopher C 46 days ago

!! Get in line early as the show has a 30 person per day capacity!!

A wonderful show with some great vocal talent and a dark comedic tale. Definitely reminiscent of reading Grimms Fairy Tales.

Nicola Stewart 52 days ago

Godfather death

I had previewed a couple of songs on social media and was impressed with both content and vocals. Yes, I know some performers, but even the clips were impressive.

As many venues at Edinburgh festival fringe, the space was small and cosy with chairs packed to capacity. Not only that - the audience was packed to capacity at the performance I attended. The beginning introduced the main characters and the audience was quickly aware of relationships and motivations. The singing opened with the ‘Mother’ describing her desperate life, berating her lazy husband and making it clear that each of her 13 children were loved. The characters of Death, a god-like character and the Devil fought over control of this innocent 13th child, each seeking to be godparent. Who did the Mother choose? As the title hints at, it is of course, Death!

The tale continues with continued human choices and frailties. If you are familiar with Grimm’s tale, then you know the outcome, but there are many parallels to be gleaned from modern life from this ancient tale. Expect quite a bit of swearing - the show is 14years and upwards.

The singing from every performer was top notch, acting was spot on and there were little nuances of directorial/performer led intuitive excellence.

A major ‘shout out’ should be given to the writers and creators of the score - The Avison Brothers. Each song was very different, they offered a perfect emotive narrative to the show and it was clear to me that one day this writing duo could possibly be extremely successful writers of original musicals.

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Everything Theatre (5/5 stars) 28 days ago

Their performance is infectious and it significantly uplifts the audience’s experience.

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 45 days ago

Godfather Death is a hidden gem and a must-see this Fringe. It is such a great musical that it would be a crime against art if this is the last we see of it.

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