Great Grimm Tales

Theatre (puppetry, adaptation)

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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


'Three nights to save a soul... or the Devil gets his way.' A desperate man... A last-ditch deal... Some stories never die, and for you the night is just beginning... From the creators of 2018 official sell-out Turn of the Screw, comes a remarkable new adaptation of Grimm's most delicious tales. Join us for the weird and wicked, horrible and hilarious... Behind the wildest stories hide the darkest truths. Co-production with the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham. Praise for Box Tale Soup: 'They are wonderful' (Times). 'Beautifully crafted' ***** ( 'A visual spectacle' ***** (

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There are 32 steps into this venue from the cowgate entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    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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Adele Nicol 79 days ago

Another wonderful and inventive show from this group. The Turn of the Screw was brilliant last year and this is just as good.

Dee 85 days ago

This company has so much talent, wit and grace. I've seen several of their shows and the standard stays high.

Patti 85 days ago

Absolutely Gorgeous!

One of the most beautiful performances I have ever witnessed onstage. The company is incredibly tight and the story is told with such gorgeous simplicity that I was nearly moved to tears at the end.

The reverence with which these folks approach their craft is admirable and clearly apparent in all that they do.

20 shows into the Fringe and it immediately became our favorite. This show is not to be missed.

Philip Tucker-Bell 86 days ago

You had me in the palms of your hands from the start. The performances were powerful and beautiful. The set and props seemed simple and yet worked brilliantly.
My favourite show of the Fringe to date. It will take some beating.


Emmanuel 90 days ago

It was good. I liked the writing, it blends a few stories within each other. They had very creative props, reusing them multiple times in different fashions. Maybe the acting could be a bit better.

Alasdair Scott 91 days ago

This is the 5th BoxTaleSoup that we have seen at the Fringe, and it's up there with the best. They are so skilled, using a small number of clever props, scraps of material, puppetry, acting, to tell the story. It's completely engrossing and so well done. Wonderful minimalist theatre, just what a Fringe experience should be like - including the Edinburgh underworld venue! Over the years it seems to me that audiences have got bigger and bigger, as testament to how entertaining and good they are. Get a ticket while you can!

Carol Himmelman-Christopher 91 days ago

Whatever you do -- go see this show!! Completely stunning and it will stay with you for a long, long time! Just go see them!

alison carlton 92 days ago

Thought this was a fab show! Wanted something to appeal to everyone one in the party (85 to 15 years old) and this do exactly that! Can not recommend enough.

Jennifer Reid 92 days ago

Superb, inventive, engrossing. I've seen BTS several times, but this performance is exceptional, even by their very high standard. Not to be missed!

Elizabeth 95 days ago

Another brilliant adaptation by a theatre company who never disappoint. I was completely engrossed from the second the lights went down. The world is so carefully created, and it's so wonderful to see such a unique approach to storytelling - they do so much with so little and in an incredibly clever way. They're always top of my list at the Fringe - I've seen them many times - and I think this was their best show yet!

Jon 95 days ago

I'm afraid I found this story to be somewhat hackneyed, and with quite a few contradictions.

On the plus side, the acting was okay, the actors can only work with the script they have, and the play was staged well.

Unfortunately though, on the story alone, this one isn't one that will stick in my mind.

Janet 96 days ago

Outstanding! I was engrossed throughout- loved the music, and so well acted.

Hannah 97 days ago

I cannot recommend this show highly enough. It was beautifully told and marvellously choreographed - I was engrossed from start to finish. One of the best things I've seen at the Fringe in years.

Jane 98 days ago

Reliably brilliant, but always surprising. I'm here every year for the Fringe, and the first thing I check in the programme is what Box Tale Soup are doing. This year's show is a properly atmospheric, gothic treat - gave me tingles down my spine. Very highly recommended - my only concern is that the bar has been set so high for the rest of my Fringe experience!

Elisabeth 98 days ago

What a great show! Definitely glad to have caught them. Imaginative and creative storytelling. Thank you for a great first show at the fringe!

Catherine Wright 99 days ago

Saw them last year and couldn't wait to check them out again this year. I wasn't disappointed. Incredibly creative and evocative performances by a talented cast. Strongly recommend!

Carola Martin-Smith 99 days ago

Awesome. A great show. A must see.

Roger Kay 99 days ago

Consummate storytelling. They makes it look effortless Just go see it

Tanya 101 days ago

Really enjoyed the show, very creative and engrossing. Would def recommend!

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 78 days ago

Intricately weaving together a series of folk stories, the three-strong cast of Great Grimm Tales take the audience on a journey to palaces, graveyards and haunted castles.Underscored by an impressively creepy soundtrack, these locations are conjured up through the clever use of puppetry and manipulation of the atmospheric and functional...

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Geek Chocolate 83 days ago

With perfect diction and dramatic delivery by all, despite having previously offered superb interpretations of the works of M R James, G K Chesterton, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde and Henry James, featuring fiery-maned lions, castles full of riches, unquiet spirits and bodies hanging from the gallows tree, Great Grimm Tales may be Box Tale Soup’s best show yet, engaging, innovative and hugely entertaining for all, making the question of what they will present next year even more enticing.

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The Skinny (3/5 stars) 91 days ago

A wealth of seldom-told Grimm tales form the basis for this story-telling production. Notably, Fearnot – an early Germanic tale – laces throughout the production. Over a grand narrative, a man and boy watch over a grave for three nights in an attempt to keep out the devil. They share lessons...

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FringeReview 92 days ago

Great Grimm Tales is performed by Box Tale Soup – husband and wife team Noel and Antonia Byrne, Antonia’s brother, Sebastian Christophers, and his partner, Chloe Levis.  Noel Byrne directs and rotates a performing role with Christophers and Levis. The set is gorgeous.  Jointed trees that look almost hand-like; a...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 92 days ago

Box Tale Soup have been visiting the Fringe for a number of years now. Following last year’s sellout success, Turn Of The Screw, this year sees them return to the Underbelly with their Great Grimm Tales. It’s tribute to the company’s reputation that the Big Belly is sold out on this rainy Sunday morning...

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Young Perspectives (5/5 stars) 93 days ago

Some truly grim fairy tales, all tied together with impeccable physical acting, characterisation, and set elements, make for an incredible hour of theatre.

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ScotsGay (4/5 stars) 94 days ago

A gloriously ghastly, grisly, gory and gruesome gallimaufry of Grimm tales to curdle your stomach and freeze you to the marrow: what better way to begin a day at the Fringe? Noel and Antonia, the founder members of the company, are joined by the lovely Colleen and techie Seb. They...

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Radio Summerhall 95 days ago

This show is brought to life with such wonderful and striking music composed by Dan Melrose that truly helps to fit the scene. And there are some vibrant visuals done within this show too, be it through puppetry or object manipulation, that certainly get your imagination going. There was one scene that although the nature of it was truly gruesome, it was performed very beautifully. With flowing red silks representing the spilling of so much blood.

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The List (3/5 stars) 96 days ago

Lively recollection of the fairy tale masters...

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