Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories - MORE Best of Barmy Britain

Opened 4 August 2017, Closed 2 September 2017 at the Garrick Theatre

An extra special production featuring the very best bits from Barmy Britain - it's the history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!

Find out why the Romans were revolting! Could you survive the vicious Vikings? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Would you party with the Puritans? Clap along with crazy King Charles! Dare you stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin? Vomit with the vile Victorians and prepare to do battle in the frightful First World War!

Featuring even MORE of your favourite characters from our barmy past - and a brand new scene with wordy Will!

Adapted for the stage from the books by Terry Deary by Neal Foster. Directed by Neal Foster with designs by Jaqueline Trousdale, lighting by Jason Taylor and sound by Nick Sagar.

More Barmy Britain - Horrible Histories in London at the Garrick Theatre opened 4 August 2017 and closed on 2 September 2017 - special daytime performances


Horrible Histories - MORE Best of Barmy Britain

Opened 5 August 2016, Closed 3 September 2016 at the Apollo Theatre in London

A special production featuring the very best bits from the original three parts of Barmy Britain

Could you beat battling Boudicca? Will King John be a martyr for the Magna Carta? Will you lose your heart or your head to Henry VIII? Can Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Light up your life with the great fire of London! Escape the clutches of Burke and Hare and move to the groove with party Queen Victoria!

The cast for this special West End staging features Neal Foster and Alison Fitzjohn. Adapted for the stage from the books by Terry Deary by Neal Foster. Directed by Neal Foster with designs by Jaqueline Trousdale, lighting by Jason Taylor and sound by Nick Sagar.

The Best of Barmy Britain - Horrible Histories in London at the Apollo Theatre opened on 5 August 2016 and closed on 3 September 2016


Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain Part 3

Opened 25 July 2015, Closed 5 September 2015 at the Garrick Theatre in London

The return of the Birmingham Stage Company's hugely successful stage adaptation of the Horrible Histories to London for a special daytime summer season of the brand new Barmy Britain Part 3 show.

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!

Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain Part 3 is performed by Neal Foster and Anthony Spargo. Adapted for the stage by Neal Foster from the books by Terry Deary, directed by Neal Foster with designs by Jackie Trousdale, lighting by Jason Taylor and sound by Nick Sagar.

Barmy Britain Part 3 - Horrible Histories in London at the Garrick Theatre opened on 25 July 2015 and closed 5 September 2015


Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain Part 2

Part Two was presented for three seasons in London's West End during 2013 and 2014. Can you beat battling Boudicca? Has William Wallace met his match? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Will King Charles keep his head? Escape the clutches of Burke and Hare and move to the groove with party Queen Victoria!

The cast features Alison Fitzjohn and Neal Foster. Adapted for the stage from the books by Terry Deary by Neal Foster and directed by Neal Foster with designs by Jackie Trousdale, lighting by Jason Taylor, music by Matthew Scott and sound by Nick Sagar. At the Garrick Theatre where it opened on 26 September 2013 and closed on 5 January 2014, returned from 3 to 31 August 2014 and returned again from 13 December 2014 to 3 January 2015.


Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain Part 1

Part One was presented for three season in London's West End during 2012 and 2013. Have you ever wondered why the Romans never won MasterChef? What if a Viking moved in next door? Would you lose your heart or head to horrible Henry? Will Parliament escape gunpowder Guy? Enrol yourself at Georgian Crime School, dare to dance the Tyburn jig and find out what a baby farmer did! Set in loathsome London and featuring all new amazing 3D effects!

The cast features Alison Fitzjohn and Neal Foster. Adapted for the stage from the books by Terry Deary by Neal Foster and Ciaran McConville, directed by Neal Foster with choreography by Kenn Oldfield, designs by Jackie Trousdale, lighting by Jason Taylor, music by Matthew Scott and sound by Nick Sagar. At the Garrick Theatre where it previewed from 14 February 2012, opened on 24 February 2012 and closed on 1 September 2012, returned from 27 October 2012 to 6 January 2013 and returned again from 7 August to 1 September 2013.

"Neal Foster's pacey production is at the Garrick in the daytime, appealing to families at weekends and school parties during the week. If lessons were always like this, kids would be queueing up at the school gates every morning. Then again, their teachers would soon be dead on their feet... Some of the parodies will go over the heads of the target audience (age 6 and up). But you don't have to know Who Wants to be a Millionaire? to enjoy the profusion of funny facts that the format enables as Guy Fawkes phones a friend who happens to be Robert Catesby. No need to have seen Relocation, Relocation to understand the Norse invasion sketch: 'You Canute be serious!' Unless you're as up-to-speed on the past as Dr David Starkey, there's plenty here that we can all relish being reminded about... Britain's barmy history is satirised in style, yet in an acute coda we are reminded that the present day (drone warfare, City madness and Xbox violence) ain't so pretty either. So we end up with a bit of pointed panto and a bit of Oh! What a Lovely War. This is light info-tainment at its best." The Times

"Roman culinary habits get a Masterchef makeover in Birmingham Stage Company's theatrical romp, which also features the Vikings invading in a bloody version of Relocation, Relocation and Field Marshal Haig getting fired on the final of The Apprentice for failing to win the task: the Battle of the Somme... This may not be sophisticated or particularly imaginative theatre (although sound designer Nick Sagar delivers the squelchiest and most vomit-inducing sound effects on the London stage), but it's pretty good entertainment if you are 10 years old or like your theatre very broad, high-energy and in pantomime mould; there are even singalongs... The TV theme can be a little wearing, and this is little more than a low-budget version of one of many recent TV spin-offs - from Fireman Sam to Peppa Pig. But it does what it does with verve and jollity, and ends on a serious note as it points out that it's unlikely that those who come after us will think we are any less barmy than we do those who came before." The Guardian

"One of the most enchanting sounds is surely that of children's laughter. Its delightful cadences are much in evidence at a Garrick Theatre filled with little 'uns (average age around seven) all rocking with mirth at a new stage version by Terry Deary, Neal Foster and Ciaran McConville of Deary's popular satirical books on British history. And if proof was ever needed that children possess a ghoulish delight in the brutal side of life then this hilarious show is it. The excellent Birmingham Stage Company takes an hour-long stroll through 2,000 years of invasions from Nasty Romans and Beastly Vikings to head-chopping Tudors, Guy Fawkes and his gunpowder and beyond... The two story-tellers, not the ones from the BBC show... raid a huge wicker dressing-up box on the stage. Employing the quickest of changes they skip through the centuries... Director Neal Foster keeps the pace cracking along and it is clearly designed to stay within the parameters of children's attentiveness. Horrible Histories brings the often bloody story of Britain throbbingly alive. Marvellous stuff." The Daily Express