Reviewed by Nicola Wilkinson
Last night I had a great evening at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth with my two sons (7 & 8 years) and husband watching Horrible Histories – Terrible Tutors by the Birmingham Stage Company. We were all quite excited and really didn’t know what to expect as we had never watched Horrible Histories on TV or read any books. But it didn’t disappoint.
From the start we were all glued, Dr Dee (Simon Nock), Dross (Lisa Allen), and Drab (Izaak Cainer) told the tale of the terrible Tudors in such an amazing way. It started way back at the Battle of Bosworth Field when Henry VII took the crown all the way through to Elizabeth I’s rather sad end. The tales were clearly told, in a very fun and very funny way.
No one’s going to forget what happened to Henry VIII’s wives… everyone was participating in the gestures and I’m sure everyone went home singing. I know my children won’t forget what happened to his wives.
During the interval we were given glasses and the second part of the show was 3D with spiders, explosions, blood, skeletons and fireworks flying around the audience. This was really effective and again kept my children attention, although I did feel that we were watching the 3D images more than taking in the information the actors were telling us.
The three cast members were very talented and kept the audience’s attention, working well together. They interacted really well with the audience and got everyone involved. The set was very minimal and the costumes were completely fitting with the Tudor era.
The silliness in the show is great fun with lots of laughs, but it’s also very educational in a way that keeps children (and everyone) interested and entertained. I think my children (myself and husband) learnt so much in the 90-minute show, it was a very funny history lesson. My sons are now looking forward to learning about the Tudors in school.
As always, the staff at the theatre were extremely helpful, unfortunately my son felt poorly towards the end of the first half and the staff couldn’t do enough to help. After some fresh air with his dad he managed to watch the rest of the show.
I’d highly recommend the show to any families with children from about 7 years and upwards. It would be perfect for a school trip, pupils in year 3-6 would certainly get a lot from it, everyone certainly learnt a lot.
They are also showing Awful Egyptians which I’m sure would be just as good. Like with most shows there is Horrible Histories merchandise for sale which I think was very reasonably priced. My children are now hooked on their new books and wanting to watch another show by the Birmingham Stage Company.
Tickets cost from £12 to £22.50 (booking fees may apply).
Horrible Histories Terrible Tudors is at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth from 19-23 February 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.theatreroyal.com or call the box office on 01752 267222.
Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR | 01752 267222