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History's most horrible tales come to a car park near you
Birmingham Stage Company is to tour two of its Horrible Histories shows across the country with dates in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry. Barmy Britain and Gorgeous Georgians & Vile Victorians will be staged in car parks with viewers watching the action from their cars.
The tour follows the successful car park tour of Horrible Christmas and the announcement of a tour of David Walliams' Billionaire Boy.
On stage between April 13 and May 3, Horrible Histories is currently scheduled to play locations across the UK including the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on April 14, Wolverhampton Racecourse on April 15 and Birmingham NEC on April 30.
Based on Terry Deary's bestselling books, the two shows will be promising history with a difference. Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain is a romp through two millennia of stories with appearances from characters including Queen Boudicca, King Henry VIII, Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin and Queen Victoria. Horrible Histories – Gorgeous Georgians & Vile Victorians brings together two different periods and is packed with colourful tales featuring Admiral Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Florence Nightingale.
Birmingham Stage Company first adapted Horrible Histories in 2005 with Terrible Tudors & Vile Victorians and the company has now produced 18 different Horrible Histories shows which have been seen by more than three million people in the UK. The company has also taken Horrible Histories to the Far East, Middle East, New Zealand and Australia.
The tour is in partnership with Car Park Party and will adhere to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. All cars are parked two metres apart, tickets are scanned through windows and families watch the show from the comfort of their own vehicles. There are refreshments and toilet facilities available on-site.