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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  • Accessible entry: Up a large flight of stairs and through a narrow corridor
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
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Stephen Hackett 110 days ago

Some fringe 'plays' with historical or factual sounding titles turn out to be informative lectures with a bit of acting thrown in. Not so this. If you have thought a lot and seen a lot about Nazi Germany, and maybe think this much picked-over subject has been exhausted; if you are a bit worried about our own politics and society, but perhaps think that, however disappointing, it is not like the past, that we are above disgrace, then you will be very surprised and shocked by this exploration of how childish narcissism leads to a shame which is always lurking. It is very brilliant. I read some luke-warm professional reviews written by critics who did not or could not see it, which kinda illustrate the point of the play

Ryan Gilks 112 days ago

Fantastic show! Loved every second. Good luck for the future if this continues.

George McDermid 115 days 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 117 days ago

That was the worst thing I have ever seen

Bruce Bunch 123 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 125 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 126 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) 127 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 128 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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Within Her Words (5/5 stars) 106 days ago

This show is an incredibly clever and brutal rendition of the experience of these young women. Based on historical events, writer Michelle Kholos Brooks creates a familiar scenario, that includes contemporary themes and elements, and transports us to the one of the most terrifying times in our history.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 112 days ago

IT’S ONE of those weird and disturbing footnotes to the history of the Third Reich; the idea that wherever Hitler went, he was accompanied by a group of young women whose job it was to taste the food that had been prepared for him, and wait for an hour to...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 112 days ago

A delectable delight full of strong characters...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 112 days ago

A must-see story of a group of incredibly brave young women...

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Miro Magazine (4/5 stars) 114 days 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) 116 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) 118 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) 118 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) 118 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) 118 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) 122 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) 127 days ago

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

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FringeReview 130 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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