Happily Never After

Theatre (improv, horror)

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  • Gilded Balloon Teviot - Wine Bar
  • 14:45
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: The Maydays
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation, Scenes of Violence, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    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


A twisted, gothic musical tale inspired by Tim Burton and the Brothers Grimm. Starting with your spooky suggestion, these award-winning improvisers weave a fantastical tale dripping with black comedy, gut-clenchingly playful characters and haunting live music that's different every time. Following sell-out shows across Europe, this new deliciously dark hit marks The Maydays' 14th year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! 'Fantastic! Improvisational theatre at its best!' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Certainly worthy of Burton' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Hilarious!' (Colin Mochrie).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Access to the performance space is via stairs or lift then there is level access into the venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 11- 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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  • 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

Christopher Wood 89 days ago

Hilarious and very very clever. Great improv and superb chemistry between the characters. Excuse me whilst I nibble on my finger ha ha!!

Vee Miller 91 days ago

Funny and dark and twisted and awesome! Really enjoyed the show today - great relationships, wonderfully supportive music from the piano. Sure to have a good time.

P Nevets 94 days ago

Maydays have demonstrated once again why they are the UK's best Improv Troupe. Accompanied by an exceptional pianist and with spooky lighting the actors created an imaginative, fast moving, macabre scenario which had both hilarious and poignant moments. The Maydays have developed an empathy whereby the audience sees no flat spots of thinking time, just continual forward motion in weaving and resolving the plot. A great deal of energy and stage experience is focused in this one hour performance and, as the plot is based solely on a suggestion from the audience what is created is totally different for each of the 26 days of the Fringe. Very well done Maydays. Highly recommended.

Enrico Cioni 97 days ago

Wonderful. The show I saw was an unexpectedly thought-provoking story about the simultaneous importance and horror of having your inner critic always making you feel terrible about your choices. There were also a satisfying number of gruesome deaths, epic songs, and a particularly inspired performance by Rhiannon Vivian as an inner-critic monster. All-round great!

Agnes Joyce Wells 99 days ago

We loved this wacky show! It is well worth booking. Crazy storylines generated through improvisation and music. A good laugh had by all.

Caroline Coles 99 days ago

Quite amusing but nothing special . There is a lot of musical improv now so needs to be better. About 3 stars

Vasso P 100 days ago

Loved it! I am going back next weekend!

Judey Bignell 104 days ago

Improv at its finest! I saw the show yesterday (2 men and 2 women in the cast) and was lucky enough to see a dark and twisted tale about a blood transfusionist get woven before my very eyes - even musical numbers complete with dazzling and impossible harmonies! Their attention to detail and structuring a story is phenomenal for such a complicated and spontaneous show. Great performances, comedy and vocal talent - definitely go and see it!

Mark Reynolds 107 days ago

Really, really good improv. 4 very talented women perform really convincing, imaginitive and witty improvised material based on audience suggestions. Would really recommend this as a safe option for anyone looking for good, funny improv at fringe this year.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 100 days ago

Back at the Fringe with their darkly comedic improv wickedness, The Maydays deliver more of what they do best. Featuring on-the-spot thinking at its most twisted and slick, Happily Never After is one of the surest bets for entertainment at the festival. Unlike a lot of improv, which is fuelled...

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North Westend (3/5 stars) 100 days ago

The Maydays did not let us down with their skills in the comedy department and they were very quick with their ideas.
It is certainly an hour well spent and there is no argument as to the Maydays ability to improvise.

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