Theatre Review: Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories, Garrick Theatre ★★★★☆

Phillipa Ellis
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Theatre Review: Horrible Histories Horrible Histories, Garrick Theatre 4
Photo: Jane Hobson

The Barmy Britain franchise returns for another jolly jaunt through the darkest days of our empire, told through silly songs, plenty of audience participation and a great big pile of toilet humour.

There are the usual revolting Romans and party-pooping Puritans, plus a brand new exchange between Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare, which give the glitter balls tied high on the ceiling of the Garrick a much stronger sense of purpose.

Photo: Jane Hobson

It doesn’t even matter that cultural references like TOWIE and The Apprentice might fly high above their heads, kids will be in sheer disbelief not just about how bonkers Britain’s history really is, but how many characters can be portrayed so brilliantly by just two actors on one stage.

Horrible Histories — More Best of Barmy Britain, Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH. Tickets £15-£22. Age Guidance: 5+. 4 August-2 September 2017.

Last Updated 08 August 2017