Horrible Histories Barmy Britain Review

Horrible Histories
Barmy Britain

Reviewed by Jane Hopkins

Yesterday I spent the most fabulous half term day! I took my seven year old son and his Grandma to London for the day to see Horrible Histories Live On Stage! – Barmy Britain at the Garrick Theatre in the West End.

The moment we entered the theatre we knew we were in for a treat. It was all ‘oldy woldy’ as if we’d been taken back in time, I can imagine a theatre 100 years ago being just like this – but it wasn’t shabby old, it was atmospheric and just comfortable and exciting.

The show started with a bang – right from the off the actors had our complete attention, with the Roman poo stick… both my son and his grandma were laughing, in fact Jamie was giggling throughout.

The show was made up of a series of sketches showing us the horrors of our history, and how barmy us Brits used to be. We hear all about Henry VIII and his wives, we learnt a song about them which Jamie was still singing in the car on the way home from the train station, we were taken to the Crimean war and the work Florence Nightingale did, the story of Guy Fawkes, did you know who Amelia Dyer was? Wow, Google her and her baby farm… shocking I tell you.

We heard about Vikings, Romans, and the effect they had on the development of the UK, how children as young as 12 were hanged… It was incredibly entertaining, engaging, factual and funny.

Inspired by the show, we then navigated the London Underground to take Jamie to the Tower Of London to see the crown jewels and the actual spot where Anne Boleyn was executed. This was a super way to end the day out and reinforced all we’d learned at the show.

The show is running until the 6th January – I thoroughly recommend this as a Christmas present!

Rating: 5/5

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