Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch

Musicals and Opera (comedy, theatre)

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


Disney villain. Octo-woman. Plus-size icon. But who is the woman behind the tentacles? From the multi award-winning Fat Rascal Theatre, creators of sell-out hit musicals Buzz and Vulvarine, comes the untold story of Ursula the sea witch. It's time to take the plunge as we reveal what really happened under the sea, in a tell-all tale of sex, sorcery and suckers. A musical parody. Praise for Vulvarine: 'A champion of British comedy musicals' ***** (DIVA). 'A masterclass in musical theatre' ***** (EdinburghGuide.com). ***** (TheUpcoming.co.uk).

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  • Accessible entry: There are 6 steps into the venue more if you want to sit further back into the venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 6 - 10
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  • Dates: 21 August
  • Type: Open
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Elin 89 days ago

This has been one of the best things I’ve seen at the festival even surpassed vulvarine which is also performed by the same cast.
I cried with laughter at points.

Patti 89 days ago

Wow wow wow!!! What a phenomenal parody musical. The incredibly talented company took us on an hour+ ride into the depths of the ocean and we rode the wave of laughter the entire time.

This show was so damn well done that it only got better and better. A must-see show!

Davey 91 days ago

Great fun, well constructed and very funny. It is basically just a parody living on the back of Disney's great success though. The songs, while fun, are very pastiche and I don't think would stand on their own without the obvious connection.

Em 93 days ago

This show is SUCH a good time! Going in, I wasn't fully sure if it would be my thing (I've been subject to some not so great Disney parodies in the past) but man was this a blast! Amazing performances, hilarious script, oddly empowering message - Unfortunate has it all. Now all I can do is hope the soundtrack will be available to stream somewhere soon!

Eden Longson 95 days ago

This is the third year (and show!) I’ve seen these guys at the fringe, and each time they keep getting better.
Not many shows can do the seamless transition from hilarious satire/parody to feminist empowerment, but these guys nail it every time.
Really enjoyed the show and I can’t recommend it enough.

Joe Pusey 96 days ago

Truly astonishing. I was crying with laughter during the performance and then singing the songs all the way home to Manchester- I'm praying that the soundtrack comes out on Spotify soon.

I hadn't seen The Little Mermaid film (I don't think I'll bother now cause it can't be better than this) and I'm not a massive Disney fan but this is simply one of the best theatre shows I've ever seen. The only thing that comes even remotely close is the professional, multi-award winning, world famous Book of Mormon- and given the choice I'd probably rather see this again.

You MUST make time to see this show- I hope that they get the recognition and exposure they deserve.

Giel de Groot 98 days ago

Wow!! Was not sure what I was getting myself into but I must say that the amazing voices, the funny story and the message it has totallly won me over “No matter what u look like without a voice your nothing “. “You can be anything you want to be when you are not signed by Disney”. Robyn Grant is fantastic ( never seen Ursula doing Vogue ) and her voice is spectacular. The music by Tim Gilvin is spot on. I hope the music will be made available on spotify because especially the song “Unfortunate” needs to blast from my speakers so I can Vogue on it too! A must see!!

Elina 103 days ago

Fat Rascal Theatre are always the highlight of Fringe. I happened to attend one of their shows two years ago, and I've made sure not to miss any ever since!

This year's new comedy musical is about The Little Mermaid from Ursula's point of view. It is hilarious, immensely entertaining, and very aware of the original movie's toxic tropes. Oh, and their versions of Disney's classic songs are just the best.

5 out of 5 stars, no doubt!

Jason Budd 104 days ago

Wasn't sure what to expect, but what a night. I have still been laughing days later. 'Sometimes I put my flute in my bag'. Absolutely hilarious!

Elisabeth 104 days ago

Brilliant show - absolutely hilarious and entertaining! Great cast, great performance. Thank you!

Simon Samuel 104 days ago

Highly entertaining and first class delivery - loved it

Jaleelah Galbraith 105 days ago

Absolutely loved this show! They are all very talented and I smiled throughout! They deserved the standing ovation! Loved the parody songs!!!

Em 105 days ago

Very funny show if you've seen (and remember) The Little Mermaid. The songs are very pastiche (and not particularly memorable) but are performed fantastically by this amazingly talented company. Highly recommended!!

Ben Cartwright 107 days ago

WOW that was hilarious. I had the biggest grin on my face from beginning to end. The script and songs are just brilliant. Don’t take your kids, this ain’t Wicked!

Francesca Williams 108 days ago

Wow what a fab show! Was first show we saw when we arrived at the Fringe and what a great show to start! Very cleverly written, really catchy songs and hilarious to boot! Very cheeky and bit naughty, loved it

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Within Her Words (5/5 stars) 83 days ago

Fat Rascal are fast becoming one of the biggest musical comedy companies in the UK. So it is no surprise that Unfortunate is one of their best shows yet.

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Culture Bean 87 days ago

You never know what goes on behind dark waters… This is a fin-tastic retelling of the story that’s just for us big kids. There’s swearing, sex and serious piss takes that will shock. They even touch on pressing issues such as climate change, pollution and plastic. It’s really clever scripting.

And the music is incredibly catchy.

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ScotsGay (5/5 stars) 87 days ago

This musical is a cross between ‘Wicked’ and ‘Avenue Q’. ‘Wicked’ because of how the story follows a vibrantly coloured (well, purple) villain from pop culture who is in fact just misunderstood and is vilified by a man because he feels threatened by her. The way that I find it...

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Please Mind The Blog (5/5 stars) 91 days ago

A funny & filthy new take on a story that hits all the right notes – the cast of five do an exceptional job.

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Fest (3/5 stars) 94 days ago

Ursula gets the Maleficent treatment in this R-rated parody of The Little Mermaid. A flashback to before Ariel’s birth sets up a remarkably convincing love story that, were it not drenched in innuendo, would be perfect for Disney. Fairytale tropes abound. It’s only when the show starts retelling Ariel’s plot...

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The Student Newspaper 95 days ago

A flawless production from start to finish, Unfortunate is a feminist retelling of family-favourite Disney film The Little Mermaid from the point of view of the original villain, Ursula. From love to sex, puppets and wordplay, the musical has a tremendous element of fun and breathes new life into the classic fairytale by discussing important social issues and the outdated ideologies within the traditional story.

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Musical Theatre Review (5/5 stars) 96 days ago

It is rare for me to see a new musical which arrives so tightly crafted, so witty and welcoming, so well staged and designed at the Fringe or any Off-Off West End venue. I suspect this will be picked up very quickly and move on a path to appeal to the Avenue Q, Six and Hamilton audiences.

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FringeReview 96 days ago

Avenue Q meets Wicked meets The Little Mermaid. This musical uses all of those stylings to produce a stunning 70 minutes of a romp through a traditional fairy tale, but with very edgy presentation. The story is based on Disney’s “Little Mermaid”, from the fairy tale Danish author Hans Christian Andersen....

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Whats On Stage (3/5 stars) 97 days ago

A Little Mermaid parody is well overdue, and, with a live-action film on the horizon, it's high time someone finally made a jokey deep-dive into the '90s aquatic adventure. Step forward Fat Rascal Theatre with Unfortunate, a retooling the original story which places the spotlight on the eight-legged antagonist Ursula....

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Deadline News (5/5 stars) 98 days ago

The music is fantastically performed by the cast although it would be great to see them in a bigger venue as they could easily fill a much larger spaceport vocally.

All in all, this musical parody is well worth the ticket price and will be especially enjoyable for fans of the original film – if they don’t mind never watching The Little Mermaid in the same way ever again.

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 99 days ago

Unfortunate: The Untold Story Of Ursula The Sea Witch tells the backstory of the notorious "baddie" from The Little Mermaid. Unfortunate is incredibly sharp and notes that if a man had behaved the way Ursula did- he'd be given an OBE. It's a strong script that addresses expectations for women...

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 106 days ago

Move aside Maleficent, Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch is the new anti-hero tale in town.A tantalising and tentacle filled parody of the beloved Disney classic. Unfortunate joyously dismantles the stereotypes in modern fairytales; with physicality, puppetry and wicked humour.From the outset, there is a buzz in...

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