Horrible Histories

Apollo Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Opens: 2 August 2018
Closes: 1 September 2018

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Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus

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Show times
Thu 2 Aug at 2.00pm and 4.00pm
Fri 3 Aug at 2.00pm and 4.00pm
Sat 4 Aug at 11.00am
Sun 5 Aug no shows

Mon 6 Aug at 2.00pm
Tue 7 Aug at 2.00pm
Wed 8 Aug at 11.00am
Thu 9 Aug at 2.00pm and 4.00pm
Fri 10 Aug at 2.00pm and 4.00pm
Sat 11 Aug at 11.00am
Sun 12 Aug no shows

Mon 13 Aug at 2.00pm
Tue 14 Aug at 2.00pm
Wed 15 Aug at 11.00am
Thu 16 Aug at 2.00pm and 4.00pm
Fri 17 Aug at 2.00pm and 4.00pm
Sat 18 Aug at 11.00am
Sun 19 Aug no shows

Mon 20 Aug at 2.00pm
Tue 21 Aug at 2.00pm
Wed 22 Aug at 11.00am
Thu 23 Aug at 2.00pm and 4.00pm
Fri 24 Aug at 2.00pm and 4.00pm
Sat 25 Aug at 11.00am
Sun 26 Aug no shows

Mon 27 Aug at 2.00pm
Tue 28 Aug at 2.00pm
Wed 29 Aug at 11.00am
Thu 30 Aug at 2.00pm and 4.00pm
Fri 31 Aug at 2.00pm and 4.00pm
Sat 1 Sept at 11.00am

Runs 1 hour and 10 minutes with no interval

Seat prices
£? to £?
Premium Seating also available
(plus booking fees if applicable)

Horrible Histories

It's back with a ALL BRAND NEW SHOW - Barmy Britain Part 4: Horrible Histories in London for a special five week season

Prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage with a brand new show featuring all new scenes in Barmy Britain Ė Part Four!

Be reduced to rubble by the ruthless Romans! Would you be shaken or stirred by Richard the Third? Will Queen Elizabeth I endure her terrible teeth? Would you be hanged by King James I for being a witch? Mount a mutiny against King Henry VIII! See Mary Tudor knock the spots off Mary Queen of Scots! 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 premiere! You donít need to have seen any Barmy shows before to enjoy Barmy Britain Part Four Ė because itís all brand new!

The cast includes Neal Foster. Written and directed by Neal Foster from an idea by Terry Deary, with designs by Jacqueline Trousdale, lighting by Jason Taylor and sound by Nick Sagar.


Horrible Histories - EVEN 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

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

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

Opened on 26 September 2013, Closed 5 January 2014 at the Garrick Theatre
Returned 3 August 2014, Closed 31 August 2014 at the Garrick Theatre
Returned 13 December 2014, Closed 3 January 2015 at the Garrick Theatre

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.


Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain Part 1

Previewed 14 February 2012, Opened 24 February 2012, Closed 1 September 2012 at the Garrick Theatre
Returned 27 October 2012, Closed 6 January 2013 at the Garrick Theatre
Returned 7 August 2013, Closed 1 September 2013 at the Garrick Theatre

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.

"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