Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors at the Mayflower Southampton Review

Reviewed by Leigh Jackman

Horrible Histories – Terrible Tudors is a raucous live stage production which has been adapted from the very popular series of books written by Terry Deary, whose original idea was to write fun books about history. The stage show certainly does that! A parent’s dream and a great entertaining night out that all the children will love, and they will come out excited and more educated then they went in. The souvenir brochure and activity pack are definitely a good buy, costing £5 it’s packed full of fun and horrible facts keeping everyone entertained while we were waiting for the show to start.

Produced by the Birmingham Stage Company the small cast presented a fast action run through the Tudor times. Simon Nock, Izaak Cainer and Lisa Allen worked so hard and the results were funny for adults and children alike. Lisa Allen in particular produced some quite meaningfully but long speeches with enough passion to keep even my fidgety 6 years old engaged.

Audience participation had everyone singing along to those trademark Horrible History songs and shouting out in what at times felt more like a pantomime than a history lesson. The very best gruesome scenes were about the how criminals were punished and Tudor medicines, both of which were fantastically dreadfully horrible and gross.

The second half of had the amazing ‘3D bogglevision’ which had us dodging bombs and gruesome bugs and was a great addition for those who were getting a bit facted out. The pace was very fast and at times little too fast to take it all in, but it is a perfect way to get the next generation excited about the Tudors. My small companions were begging to return for the Awful Egyptians and we will definitely be following up with more Horrible history shows when we get the chance.

The shows are running from Wednesday 25th until Sunday 28th of April and yes, you will be all singing Divorced, Beheaded, Survived continuously!!

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £19.50 to £22.50 (booking fees may apply).

Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors is at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton from 24-28 April 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit or call the box office on 02380 711811.

Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE | 02380 711811

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