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Horrible Histories returns with Barmy bill

Published 23 April 2013

Horrible Histories will return to the Garrick theatre this autumn with a brand new show that offers a fresh – and no doubt sometimes disgusting – look at Britain’s grisly past in Barmy Britain – Part Two!.

Following its premiere in 2011, Barmy Britain – Part One will be on hand to recap audiences, kicking off the Horrible Histories residency at the theatre with a run from 7 August to 1 September. Part Two will then follow from 26 September to 5 January.

Picking up from the murky depths where Part One left off, Part Two brings a whole new set of gruesome stories to family audiences. Written by the author behind the original award-winning Horrible Histories books, Terry Deary, and The Birmingham Stage Company’s Artistic Director Neal Foster, the show will serve up a profusion of funny facts and ask whether audiences think they could battle Boudicca, William Wallace has met his match or evil Elizabeth could entertain England, before they are invited to move to the groove and party with Queen Victoria.

Foster and Alison Fitzjohn will star in Part One for its limited opening run, while Lauryn Redding and Anthony Spargo will take audiences on a journey through Britain’s most gruesome and gross tales in Part Two. Both casts will portray a motley crew of historical characters that Time Out’s Caroline McGinn described as “not so much ‘barmy’ as barbarous, bloodthirsty and stark raving bonkers.”

Barmy Britain Part One and Two are suitable for children aged six and older.


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