Hitler's Tasters

Theatre (comedy, drama)

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Description

A dark comedy about the young women who had the “honour” of being Adolf Hitler’s food tasters. Based on true events, Hitler’s Tasters explores the way girls navigate sexuality, friendship, patriotism, and poison during the Third Reich. Using an anachronistic retelling of an historical footnote, Hitler’s Tasters considers what girls discuss as they wait to see if they will survive another meal. 'One of the best evenings I’ve spent in the theater in a long time. It was interesting, entertaining, upsetting, and it made you think' (Susan Stroman, legendary director and choreographer).

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Up a large flight of stairs and through a narrow corridor
  • 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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George McDermid 1 day ago

Absolutely loved it. The acting, the setting, the modernisation of their daily lives for a modern audience, the sheer horror of what it must have been like. A real treat and a part of history about which I knew nothing, so very educational as well.

Megan 4 days ago

That was the worst thing I have ever seen

Bruce Bunch 10 days ago

What a thought-provoking, quirky show! The talented cast brings to life the little known tale of the women who had the honor of sampling Hiltler's food to make sure it is not poisoned. Some earlier reviews complained about the great creative twist of including some modern devices and music. These serve to make the three tasters more real and accessible to us without diminishing the ultimate tragedy of fascism, which is rearing its ugly head in the US and around the globe. Do not miss this show!
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Nick 11 days ago

I had some major issues with this show. First of all... why are they taking selfies and why do they have cell phones? This was Nazi Germany, correct? At first I thought it was maybe because the play took place in some alternate realty where the Nazis won the war... but that is not it. They talk about and reference a lot of 1940s stuff. I don't know why there were cell phones and why there was modern music and why they spoke like they were from modern times. If that was a choice fine but it needs fleshed out. Also the acting was a little too big to be believable. And I wish it was more clear what happened to the characters.

I will say that it was generally pretty entertaining, but I think it needs a bigger venue, better set design, and it just needs to flesh itself out a little more. It is such a cool concept for a show, why not execute it fully? Just my two cents

Mark Reynolds 13 days ago

Bought a ticket for this after trying to get in on a venue pass during sell out performances. A very talented set of actors merge Mean Girls and Nazi Germany in this little-told story. The play is executed well and all the cast do very well with strong female characters. At times I felt as though I should be more terrified of the horrors within this plot, and the more childish arguments (while having a rightful place in the piece) took away from this occasionally. That didn't spoil the show, which I really enjoyed. Worth the money. I'd recommend this show to anyone looking for a funny, inventive creation subverting historical norms.

Alan Coyne (aka DoyleELF) 13 days ago

An excellent show, with precisely-honed choreography and incredible talent, both onstage & off. The actors are utterly believable and pull us into the story, all while perfectly inhabiting their characters' physicality. Like the best "historical" pieces, this production tells us more about our contemporary selves, without ever becoming didactic about it.

The only "complaint" I have is that it needs to be in a bigger venue! It's deservedly selling out, and it would fit easily onto a much larger stage. Producers and theatre bookers, take note!

Fringe Supporter 15 days ago

Just read Kate Saffins review on Fringe Review and her review sums this play up so well.

So cleverly done- chilling one minute,funny the next, modern approach whilst historically based.

I am so,so glad I found this gem and I can't praise this production highly enough.


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Miro Magazine (4/5 stars) about 18 hours ago

Hitler’s Tasters needs more legroom; a bigger theatre, a bigger crowd. Here, death is always on the menu. But instead of table d’hôte, let’s make it à la carte.

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Deadline News (4/5 stars) 3 days ago

The production boasts slick production design, with neon lighting and upbeat music to highlight how young and lively the girls are and effectively contrasting with their dark situation.

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Theatre Weekly (5/5 stars) 5 days ago

Hitler’s Tasters deftly weaves us through the lesser known story of the women Hitler used as poison testing guinea-pigs. I must admit, I entered the room not quite knowing what to expect. I left the room utterly gobsmacked at the level of talent that I had just had the pleasure of watching.

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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 5 days ago

It’s a production that feels like it shouldn’t work, that these anachronistic hysterical girls should jar and that the subject is no joking matter. All credit then that the tightly performed and directed work lifts them from being leftovers from the past and that the humour cuts like barbed wire.

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UK Theatre Web (4/5 stars) 5 days ago

Cleverly updated so that the girls interact using mobiles, selfies and pop music yet fully grounded in the time of the Third Reich we are able to instantly warm to these characters and their predicament. A curious and thought provoking piece.

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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 5 days ago

“What do you think of this lipstick?”  - “Hot!” Three young women chat like Valley Girls, take selfies, dance and pretend to be pop stars. There won’t be much chance or need for makeup tonight, secluded as they are awaiting an evening meal - which for any of them could...

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A Younger Theatre (5/5 stars) 8 days ago

By the time we have packed into the Olive Studio, a week into the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Hitler’s Tasters is already one of the hits of the season. The tickets are hard to come by and, I must admit, I am sceptical that the production can live up to the...

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The List (3/5 stars) 14 days ago

Black comedy about three unfortunate women in the Third Reich...

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FringeReview 16 days ago

Described as ‘an anachronistic retelling of an historical footnote’, Hitler’s Tasters presents a picture of the young women who tasted Hitler’s every meal before he ate it to ensure it wasn’t poisoned. We meet five over the course of the play; however, there were fifteen in all, selected by the...

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