If you’ve got a primary school child, chances are you’ll be aware of Horrible Histories. The brainchild of author and ex-teacher Terry Deary and illustrator Martin Brown, the books and TV shows have been a hit in our house for quite a while, with the grown-ups as much as the children. A couple of years ago we went to see Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain on stage in London (it was brilliant) and this week the latest HH shows (Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians) are coming to Brighton’s Theatre Royal, so of course, we’ll be there, particularly as Alfie has just studied the Tudors at school.
Created by the Birmingham Stage Company the shows bring historical characters and situations to life using actors and special effects. In Terrible Tudors, we can expect to meet all the horrid Henries, with focus on the one with all the wives, evil Elizabeth and Bloody Mary. Awful Egyptians enters pyramids and tombs to uncover the secrets of the Pharoahs and meet the mummies. Knowing HH, both show will contain a reasonable amount of gore and scatological humour, because, let’s face it, that’s what children really love. Recommended for age 5+, and running for 90 minutes, the shows will be visiting Stoke-on-Trent, Glasgow, Wimbledon, Milton Keynes and Bristol among others after Brighton. Buy tickets soon as many dates are selling fast.
PS: We have kindly been invited along to the show on Thursday, so check out our Facebook page for a review.