For the last six months, Mini’s has been obsessed with Horrible Histories. She loves to watch the TV programmes and has also been enjoying reading the book collection. She was therefore beyond excited to be invited to see Horrible Histories Live On Stage.
Mini loves the mixture of humour, silliness and songs of the TV show. The historical tales are packed with plenty of gruesome and gory facts and Mini was hoping to see plenty of this in the theatre show.
The show, at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, is based upon the book series written by Terry Deary and brought to life by the Birmingham Stage Company. There are two performances available to choose from, Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians. I did think it was a shame that you had to chose rather than being able to see both stories within one show.
We settled down to the performance of the Terrible Tudors which gave us a whistle stop history lesson starting with Richard III and ending with Elizabeth I. Along the way we learn about gruesome punishments for criminals in Tudor times, the revolting medical practices and the antics of the monarchy. The history lessons come complete with plenty of modern jokes and song references, mostly for the children’s benefit for some that the adults will appreciate too.
As well as jokes there are plenty of songs throughout the performance of Horrible Histories Live on Stage. At one part the audience are divided in a sing off battle based around the fates of Henry VIIIs wives. A song that got stuck in our heads during the drive home.
Credit to the three cast members, Simon Nock, Izaak Cainer and Lisa Allen, who kept the energy levels on high throughout the performance. They seamlessly mastered quick costume changes allowing them to slip into the multiple roles they each played. The staging was fairly simple with limited props. Sadly for me this meant the performance lacked a bit of sparkle and stage magic as visually the show was quite basic. That being said in the second half the audience were given 3D glasses to see special effects on the TV screen on stage, which added to the fun.
Mini enjoyed herself and was desperate to come back the following night to see the Awful Egyptians show. I enjoyed our treat evening out together and whilst I was left feeling a bit underwhelmed with the performance overall the smiles and buzz from the children leaving the performance was clearly evidence that it went down well with them.
Horrible Histories Live On Stage Information
The show runs at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Wednesday 23rd October until Saturday 26th October. The show is recommended for children aged 5 and upwards.
Tickets cost between £12 and £20.50. Family tickets are also available from £57 including two adults and two children. Tickets are available to purchase directly from The Belgrade Theatre Website.
- There is plenty parking available at the Belgrade Plaza NCP Car Park
- There are a selection of restaurants very close to the Belgrade Theatre to enjoy a pre-theatre dinner
- Horrible Histories souvenirs and merchandise is available at the theatre should children wish to take some pocket money along to spend.
- Booster seats are available to hire for £1. This was really helpful for Mini as she was sat behind a tall adult.
Disclaimer: We were invited to attend Horrible Histories Live On Stage for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are entirely my own.