The Grandmothers Grimm

Theatre (drama, storytelling)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Sight not needed
    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 2 years


Cannibalism, werewolf trials, deceit, and murder: Marie Hassenpflug and the Brothers Grimm are trying to edit the darkness out of old stories. But as they do so, the voices of the women who created these tales are lost... What will be saved and what will be forgotten? The Grandmothers Grimm explores women’s role in the creation of the Brothers Grimm’s famous anthology. Discover a night of folk and fairy tales as you've never heard them before. Following performances in Buxton and London, Some Kind of Theatre are proud to bring The Grandmothers Grimm home to the Edinburgh.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: The audience enter the venue from Merchant Street, with the box office located on street level. 3 steps or a lift provide access to the upper foyer, with snack bar and toilets on this level. The space is located immediately off the upper foyer, with one row of seats on the same level. A shallow rake provides additional seating.
  • Wheelchair access type: Platform Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Philip Beagon 158 days ago

Energetic, erudite and entertaining. Try to see this before it finishes. You will not be disappointed.

Debbie Bird 158 days ago

Outstanding. I was completely engrossed. The storytelling was alive and vibrant, never a moment lost. Great cast, a reminder of how women have been overlooked too.

AlainaS 159 days ago

One of my unexpected favorites of the Fringe. Super-interesting: the Brothers Grimm versions of their fairy tales were the SANITIZED versions? And the play's four talented actors made beautiful use of inventive staging to keep the audience rapt as they told their tale.

Alan Coyne (@DoyleELF) 163 days ago

The Grandmothers Grimm examines the too-often-overlooked women who were the brothers' sources for "their" tales, and delves into folkloric history to create an interesting and educational show. Four talented actors reenact the gorier original stories with vim and ingenuity. I hear they're also available for hen-dos!

Catherine Wright 165 days ago

Very enjoyable! Good acting and creative content. Had us laughing throughout and talking about the show for the next few days. Very inventive use of minimal props and set. Highly recommend!

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The Feminist Fringe (4/5 stars) 149 days ago

With mischievous wit and a refreshingly mixed gendered cast, that literally gallop into the crowd, they play the roles of the various tales to which the Grimm Brothers owe their credibility. There’s more than a few genuine belly laughs to be had as you are guided through the probable tensions that the Grimm brothers would have had, exploring their personalities and humorous creative differences.

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 155 days ago

Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm put their name to an anthology of folk and fairy tales in the early 1800s, but of those from whom they collected the stories much less is said. Across the continent interest in folk history is thriving and in a time of German unification the brothers...

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 162 days ago

Literate and relevant, playful and serious, The Grandmothers Grimm at Paradise in The Vault is an involving, thought-provoking and extremely enjoyable hour. Some Kind of Theatre’s exploration of the stories collected by the brothers Grimm, and in particular the role played by women in that process, features several of those...

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FringeReview 162 days ago

Some Kind of Theatre are an Edinburgh based company who specialise in literary adaptations.  In The Grandmothers Grimm they lay bare the early processes of adaptation that bought us some of our best loved fairy tales.  The Grimm brothers are renowned for the violence and darkness in their versions of...

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