New Horrible Histories arrive in the West End

Published November 2, 2011

The latest in Birmingham Stage Company’s successful Horrible Histories series will premiere at the Garrick theatre next year, tackling a subject close to home, Barmy Britain.

Adapted from the best-selling gruesomely entertaining children’s books by Terry Deary, Birmingham Stage Company has been bringing the series to life in all its wickedly disgusting glory for over 10 years.

Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain is packed full of barmy people doing nasty things to each other throughout our eccentric country’s history. With blood, battles, murder and mayhem, the family show will take audiences from the Romans to World War I with a host of famous characters including Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Guy Fawkes and Florence Nightingale popping up during the show.

From 14 February, audiences can enjoy an episode of Roman Mankychef and learn how to roast a dormouse, discover how Parliament escaped an explosion, take a peak inside Georgian Crime School and dare to dance the Tyburn jig.

Barmy Britain, which is suitable for children aged six and over, is written by Deary, Neal Foster and Ciaran McConville. Foster, who is an actor and manager of Birmingham Stage Company, will also direct the production.

Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain will play daytime performances at the Garrick theatre, sharing its home with Chicago which plays at the venue from 7 November.

CM