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Q&A with Anthony Spargo – Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part 4

Barmy Britain Part 4 by Birmingham Stage Company. Anthony Spargo (Roger) and Neal Foster (Rex) Photo by Mark Douet.
Barmy Britain Part 4 by Birmingham Stage Company. Anthony Spargo (Roger) and Neal Foster (Rex) Photo by Mark Douet.

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Four follows the sell-out successes of Barmy Britain – Parts One, Two and Three as well as the most recent ‘Best of’ productions. 

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories Live on Stage with a brand new show featuring all new scenes in Barmy Britain – Part Four!

Read our Q&A with Anthony Spargo from the cast of Horrible Histories!

Q: Okay, Barmy Britain is now at number 4 – what’s new?
Anthony: What’s new? That would be telling – you’ll have to come and see for yourself! However… expect singing, dancing, royalty, rats, poo, swords, severed heads, poo, lions, lobsters…oh and an extra dollop of poo for good measure.

Q: What do you enjoy most about performing in productions like Barmy Britain?
Anthony:  I’ve performed in Barmy Britain parts 1-4 now! It’s great fun. There’s no other show where you can play so many different characters and wear so many amazing costumes.

Q: Can you tell us something about the characters you play?
Anthony: It’s a real mix of characters. Everyone from Princes to paupers! There’s crazy King James the first who’s on a witch hunt. Mary Tudor and Mary Queen of Scots have a duet about who’s the more famous Mary! And there’s Victorian night soil men who clear up your poo!

Q: For you, what is at the heart of Barmy Britain?
Anthony: I think it’s the great balance of fact and fun. Horrible Histories is educational but told in a way that entertaining and just that little bit silly! There’s a scene where Queen Elizabeth goes to the dentist and it’s so silly – I have to keep reminding myself that all the ridiculous sketches are actually historically accurate!

Q: What age range is the show aimed at?
Anthony:  The show is suitable for everyone from 5 – 105!

Q: What next for you after Barmy Britain Part Four?
Anthony: A holiday! Then I’m playing the Pirate King ‘Gingerbeard’ in Greenwich Theatre’s production of Robinson Crusoe!

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Be reduced to rubble by the ruthless Romans! Would you be shaken or stirred by Richard III? Mount a mutiny against King Henry VIII! See Mary Tudor knock the spots off Mary Queen of Scots! Will Queen Elizabeth I endure her terrible teeth? Would you be hanged by King James I for being a witch?

Peep into the world of Samuel Pepys and help Georgian detectives find the headless man! Take a trip into the night with the night soil men and discover how to survive the first ever train ride! After six sensational years in the West End, Barmy Britain is back with a brand-new world première!

Barmy Britain Part 4
APOLLO THEATRE, LONDON
6th August – 1st September 2018

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