PREVIEW: Award winning Box Tale Soup are keeping it in the family with a striking fresh take on the classic dark fairytale.


More than 200 years after the Brothers Grimm first published their collection, another family team is about to take on their work.

Award winning theatre company Box Tale Soup is run by husband and wife team Noel and Antonia Byrne, and their latest show also stars Antonia’s brother, Sebastian Christophers, and his partner, Chloe Levis.

Together, they’ll be performing Great Grimm Tales, a remarkable new show based on the classic Brothers Grimm collection, but they’re not the only members of the family appearing in Edinburgh this August.

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Antonia and Sebastian’s father, Harry Christophers, is the founder and conductor of internationally renowned choir, The Sixteen, who will be performing at both Usher Hall and The Queen’s Hall as part of the International Festival.

Great Grimm Tales meanwhile, is part of the Fringe Festival, and will be at Underbelly Cowgate throughout August.

An original adaptation, it promises dark deeds, dismemberment and a deal with the devil. In a lonely graveyard, a desperate man strikes a last ditch deal, and finds himself fighting to save the soul of a man he never knew, but when the night is at its darkest, a stranger comes to his aid.

Featuring beautiful handmade puppetry, striking design and a raw original soundtrack, Great Grimm Tales should be a fairytale unlike any you’ve seen before.

Box Tale Soup have performed extensively around the UK, including appearances at the Little Angel, Lyric Hammersmith, Wilton’s Music Hall, Underbelly Festival Southbank and the Bridgewater Hall. They have also taken work to China, America and Europe.

The company’s 2017 Edinburgh Fringe show The Picture of Dorian Gray was a hit with audiences and critics, and their original adaptation of The Turn of the Screw in 2018 was an official Fringe sell-out with glowing reviews. Box Tale Soup are thrilled to return to the Underbelly for 2019 with Great Grimm Tales!