Thrones! The Musical
- Brian Donaldson
- 16 August 2015
This article is from 2015
An enjoyable Game of Thrones musical that has something for most fans
It’s rare for a Fringe show about a popular TV programme or cultural icon to satisfy the obsessives’ needs. There’s unlikely to be a Bill Hicks fan feeling as though an itch has been dealt with after seeing Dark Poet at The Caves while only the most easily-pleased Game of Thrones nerd would have revelled in the mess that was last year’s Winter Is Coming. For the latter crew, Thrones! The Musical! from US improv troupe Baby Wants Candy feels like a more accomplished affair.
Kicking off with a very neat crowd-pleasing reference, the cast launch into an opening number about spoilers (is there anyone alive in possession of a screen who doesn’t know about the twists in The Sixth Sense and Usual Suspects?) before getting into the nitty gritty of the show’s ‘catchphrases’ (‘Hodor!’ ‘You know nothing, Jon Snoo’). There are amusing takes on classically disturbing moments such as the Red Wedding and Bran’s attempted murder while, rather fittingly, the scenes featuring Daenerys Targaryen are the least interesting.
George RR Martin crops up to meet and greet his fans (in true Roose Bolton style), and Thrones! might well inspire everyone but the most jaded Westeros completist to go back to the very beginning.
Assembly George Square Studios, 623 3030, until 31 Aug, 5pm, £13–£14 (£12–£13).