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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain at The Alexandra, Birmingham

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Thrilling and humorous tales of the past
Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain can be seen at The Alexandra, Birmingham, from December 1 to December 4, 2021.

The hilarious and eye-popping show will pose questions like: can you beat battling Boudicca? What if a Viking moved in next door? Would you lose your heart or head to horrible Henry VIII? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Will Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Dare you stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin? The cast will attempt to answer these queries with the help of amazing 3D Bogglevision effects. Among an array of three dimensional illusions, skulls hover, dams burst and missiles fly into the audience.

Horrible Histories, Barmy Britain, The Alexandra Birmingham, Neal Foster, Terry Deary, Theatre

The Horrible Histories Live on Stage series is written by Neal Foster and Terry Deary, the author of the bestselling Horrible Histories books. Since 1983, Terry's 50 Horrible Histories titles have sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

The show is directed by Neal Foster, who launched the Birmingham Stage Company in 1992. Since its foundation the BSC has staged over 80 productions. It has produced Horrible Histories Live on Stage for 15 years, with the shows regularly touring the UK, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.

Neal has co-written and directed all of the most recent Horrible Histories shows, including the Barmy Britain series. The company has also produced three stage adaptions of books by David Walliams, including the Olivier Award-nominated West End hit Gangsta Granny and the world premiere of Tom Gates.

Horrible Histories, Barmy Britain, The Alexandra Birmingham, Neal Foster, Terry Deary, Theatre
Thumbs up: Neal Foster and Terry Deary

Neal says that linking the Birmingham Stage Company with Horrible Histories proved to be a simple affair.

"One day we were all sitting in the office thinking what we should do next and my Education Director said 'What about Horrible Histories?'. I thought it was a great idea, so I looked up Terry Deary on the internet and gave him a call. He was delighted and that's all it took – just one phone call! The rest is Horrible History!"

Horrible Histories, Barmy Britain, The Alexandra Birmingham, Neal Foster, Terry Deary, Theatre
Venue: The Alexandra, Birmingham
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Why? Hilarious history lesson
When: December 1 - 4, 2021
Phone: 0844 871 3011
Where: The Alexandra, Birmingham
Cost: From £13
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