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Review of Horrible Histories Barmy Britain Part 3

Horrible Histories Part 3Getting children interested and excited about theatre at a young age is very important. If we don’t get them hooked when they’re young, it’s difficult to get them interested later on. That is exactly what Horrible Histories does. When I was younger I watched the TV show, and also read a couple of the books that they’re based on. Going to see it live on stage made me remember just how brilliant they really are.

The stage version of this popular TV show and book series is performed by just two actors. They jump from period to period, adding bits of costume for each time setting. Each scene is in the classic, comic style of the Horrible Histories TV show, and there are interjections of songs and audience interaction – one poor girl ended up in the Tudor stocks!

The two actors (press performance was Anthony Spargo and co-writer Neal Foster) power through the show in just 70 minutes, any longer and it would be too long for the children in the audience.

The show is not only educational, but also really good fun; showing The Great Fire of London as an episode of The Great British Bakeoff, the Puritans singing a song about how boring they are, and references to modernisms like Game of Thrones – the line ‘You know nothing John Snow’ creeping in.

This is a wonderful family show, perfect for the kids during the summer holidays. It is performed exceptionally by two very talented actors who perform the one hour show to a very pleased audience.

4 stars

Review by Elliott Wallis

Horrible Histories Barmy Britain Part 3
Following the major sell-out success of Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain Parts One & Two, Birmingham Stage Company will return to the Garrick Theatre with a brand new instalment, Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain – Part Three! from 25 July – 5 September, making it the longest running show for children in West End history.

From the pens of Terry Deary and Neal Foster, the barmiest bits of British history will attack the stage, including a special sketch with King John to celebrate the 800th year of the signing of the Magna Carta.

Will King John be a martyr for the Magna Carta? Party with the Puritans and light up your life with the Great Fire of London! Clap along with crazy King Charles! Will you see eye to eye with Admiral Nelson? Does the Duke of Wellington get the boot? Vomit with the vile Victorians and make a great escape from the First World War.

It’s history with the nasty bits left in!

Running Time: 1 hour
Age Restrictions: Age Recommendation: 6+
Show Opened: 25th July 2015
Booking Until: 5th September 2015

Tuesday 4th August 2015


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