21-23 April 2016
Reviewed by Charlotte Davies
Myself and my son visited the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent for the Birmingham Stage Company production of Horrible Histories Incredible Invaders. I really did struggle to find the place as there were no signposts for the theatre only “Cultural Quarter”, luckily the satnav worked well and took me to the side of the venue but the struggled with parking. I then realised the theatre was surrounded by a pedestrianized area so once parked my car up walked around the building to the sign, to find I was at the stage door, security directed me to keep walking around the building to get to the main entrance.
The lady and gentleman on the door were just talking amongst themselves, didn’t even notice me entering so looked for the box office sign. The lady and gentleman in the box office was very helpful and polite when collecting our tickets. When we entered the theatre there were members of staff directing us to the correct seats.
When looking around the theatre it was very empty dotted around the seats so I wasn’t really sure what to expect with such a small audience. The clientele of the audience were families and younger children. The theatre itself was very clean and tidy with easy signposted toilets and bar all brightly lit up.
The show started at 7pm prompt. A young girl came on stage explaining who she was before the Romans and Anglo Saxons were making her a slave.
The first part of the show was 45 minutes which was exciting, informative and fun. The way the show was conducted was excellent. There was only 4 cast members explaining the story of the incredible invaders of England how Hadrian’s Wall was built but with the use of a projector screen at the back of the stage and this with the music and sound effects kept the children (and adults) entertained.
At the interval the audience were all given some 3D glasses. The atmosphere around the theatre then became quite exciting and couldn’t wait until the second part of the show.
The second part of the show the projector then became 3D which everyone in the audience enjoyed.
My overall rating I would say was a 5 out of 5. I think because the show just flew and didn’t realise the timings of everything due to it being fun interactive and interesting throughout.
I would definitely recommend this show for all families, as the children are learning facts about England and the history with some gory facts as well. We really enjoyed it!
Tickets cost from £14.65 to £19.65 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Horrible Histories Incredible Invaders is at the Regent Theatre in Stoke until 23 April 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7649
Regent Theatre, Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 1AP | 0844 871 7649