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Learn About Favourite Characters From Britain's Barmy Past
Learning about history was never this much fun, despite what the title of the show may suggest. The West End production of Horrible Histories The Best of Barmy Britain will be coming to the Lichfield Garrick theatre in May as part of a rampaging trip around the country. The Horrible Histories show promises to present audiences with fascinating characters and loads of incredible facts about history through the ages of Britain.

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Horrible Histories are taking to the live stage


Barmy Britain is written by Terry Deary and Neal Foster from Deary's best-selling Horrible Histories books. Terry Deary is the world's best-selling non-fiction author for children and one of the most popular children's authors in the country. He has written 200 books which have been translated into 40 different languages, with his 50 Horrible Histories titles having sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. Audiences are likely to be presented with answers to a series of weird and wonderful questions as actors Laura Dalgleish and Neal Foster take them through several thousand years of British history. They include: Can you beat battling Boudica? Will King John be a martyr for the Magna Carta? What if you caught the putrid plague? Would you lose your heart or head to horrible Henry VIII? Will Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Dare you stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin? Escape the clutches of Burke and Hare, and can you move to the groove with party queen Victoria?

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The cast of Horrible Histories put a different slant on events of the past


Horrible Histories The Best of Barmy Britain is directed by Neal Foster and produced by Birmingham Stage Company, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2017. The Birmingham Stage Company, one of the world's top theatre companies, is currently touring with George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl and David Walliams' Gangsta Granny. Among the bizarre Horrible Histories facts are that people who developed plague sores from the Black Death in the middle of the 14th century were advised to shave a live chicken's bottom and strap it onto wherever the pain was. And, during the time of the Tudors, Queen Elizabeth l passed a law telling people they had to wear woollen hats on a Sunday and created a new tax for all men with beards.

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Horrible Histories come to the Lichfield Garrick in May


Horrible Histories The Best of Barmy Britain will be at the Lichfield Garrick on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th May with performances at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets cost from 10 and school bookings are welcome. The show runs for 70 minutes and is suitable for those aged 5 and above. For more information visit online or call the box office on 01543 412121.
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Why? Learning About British History Was Never Like This
When: 15 and 16 May 2017
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets priced 14 adults, 12 child, and 10 schools
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