Something horrible is coming to Coventry…First of all, as the above banner suggests, this particular Horrible Histories tour is a double show bill of Awful Egyptians and Terrible Tudors. Unfortunately, we were only able to make it to Terrible Tudors but I would imagine that Awful Egyptians was just as wickedly funny. Spoiler alert - this show is full of laughs and gore! If you get the chance to see both shows at the Belgrade, you can get a 20% discount.
Get ready for even more guts and gore this October when The Birmingham Stage Company returns with this Horrible Histories half-term double-bill. Promising pre-Halloween hilarity for all the family, this year’s tour will bring to life foul pharaohs and rotten royals, combining thrilling live theatre with groundbreaking Bogglevision 3D special effects.
From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth’s reign, Terrible Tudors will lay bare the legends and lies of a dastardly dynasty. Find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives, and what happened in his punch-up with the Pope. Meet the brutal Bloody Mary, see young Ed fall dead in his bed, and survive the Spanish Armada as it sails into the audience.
If you've seen the TV series, or a previous show, you will know it's full of historical facts, laughs and songs. The use of only 3 actors and a props cart makes for great scene changes and hilarious accents and even a nod to the Big Brother narrator for the older of us in the audience! There are a lot of sound effects too - most of them depicting some gory, grizzly death or even worse Tudor medicine!
After the interval, we're all issued with 3D glasses and the show uses Bogglevision to aid the sound effects, with many explosions, flying debris and fireworks. This went down a storm with the kids.
The songs stole the show for me, just like last time. There was a very silly look at the original words of Greensleeves and a brilliant rap between King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. However, my favourite was one previously used in Barmy Britain - Will.i.am. Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth's rendition of the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" - didn't make it any less funny second time round, it had us all laughing hard.
And yes, I can still remember the "Divorced, Beheaded, Died" song and all it's actions!
If you haven't yet, get your tickets - the shows are on until Saturday.