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Horrible Histories Barmy Britain – Part Four

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We headed into London again this week to see Horrible Histories Barmy Britain – Part Four live on stage!

This is a show that’s been running for a long time, changing and evolving, and we’ve always wanted to see one, so we were very excited to be finally going.

Horrible Histories began life as a series of books and magazines describing the gory and horrible side of life in Britain a long time ago! They are hilarious and gross in equal measure… written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown, they have become a firm favourite with kids of all ages! The bestselling books cover every terrible time in history…. it’s ‘history with the nasty bits left in’!

Arriving at the Apollo theatre, we couldn’t wait to go inside and take our seats!

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This is the seventh year Horrible Histories has been in the West End and each part… one, two and three… have been sell out successes.

The stage show is directed by Neil Foster at The Birmingham Theatre Company who, since its foundation has staged over eighty productions and become one of the world’s leading producers of theatre for children and their families.

Only two actors play all the roles. Neal Foster the director is one, and Anthony Spargo is the other. Both utterly brilliant  and hilarious playing a variety of gross yet incredibly interesting characters.

I wasn’t sure what to expect initially or if my twins would like it, as I knew there’d be some gory bits and they can be a wary, but right from the off, the performers had them laughing out loud! The humour was right up their street. Good old toilet humour… literally! There’a a little bit at the start of the show when one of the actors ‘farts’ and the other one tries to copy him! Certainly broke the ice!

Then there was the insult song, which encouraged audience participation. Reading out this lot of lyrics was brilliant fun for all the children watching! Lots of giggles.

During this instalment of Barmy Britain Part Four, we learned all about Richard the Third and the funny reference to Shakespeare.. who was branded boring in comparison to this King; Henry the Eighth’s war’s and the fact that 7000  of his men walked away from battle because there was no beer; Queen Mary and Mary Queen of Scots… there was a very funny song telling us that these were in fact two separate Queens! Who knew?

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And King James, who was once a Scottish King but was brought down to be the English King!

There are so many facts and tales about all of these people plus lots and lots more. Did you know there was a job that entailed shovelling out your poo from your bucket toilet at the end of your garden or yard? Totally gross!

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We learned about the last woman to be burned to death in England as punishment for a crime and the fact the King James was an avid believer in witches and witchcraft.. he had thousands of women killed who he believed were witches and even wrote a whole book on demonism!

Another gruesome moment was when we were told that if someone was found dead and the police had no identity, they would put the dead persons head on a pole and ask members of the public if they recognised him/her!

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There were tales of pulling one’s own teeth out with pliers, barbaric operations and a bit of dance flossing thrown in too!

I could go on and on describing every single scene but I won’t. I don’t want to give TOO much away but it’s honestly so good and moves at a very fast pace, keeping my children totally engrossed from start to finish. It was funny and fascinating…. I only wish I’d seen all of the other, past shows too! Although you don’t need to have seen them to enjoy this one… it’s all brand new!

Horrible Histories Barmy Britain part 4 is on at the Apollo theatre until 1st September…. do go and see it.. it will be a massive hit with the kids! It’s one that young AND older kids will enjoy! Tickets can be booked through Nimax or any other retailers.

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