Apollo Theatre, London – until 1 September 2018
As we exited the Apollo theatre after spending 70 minutes with historical figures from Britain’s history, a young boy exclaimed “That was soooooo exciting!”, and he was correct! As with the hit television show and series of exceptionally successful books, Horrible Histories manages to turn historical lessons into hilarious, memorable events which have you howling and learning in equal measure.
Written and directed by Neal Foster, Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Four takes us through some of the most well-known and random events in British history with the typical Horrible Histories style of slapstick comedy, humorous songs and a little dose of audience participation.
A man of many talents, Neal is also the manager of the Birmingham Stage Company and one half of the duo who bring this show to life. Joined by Anthony Spargo (Roger), the two bring spades of energy and enough facial expressions to last a lifetime. Bouncing off of each other and looking as though they’re genuinely having a great time on stage, the pair are perfect at entertaining without being ridiculous.
Barmy Britain is what you expect it to be… but better! There’s really nothing you can complain about. It provides everything you could wish for, brings a genuine smile to your face and is children’s theatre of the highest degree. It’s also wonderful how affordable the show is for families, with tickets from £13 and merchandise ranging between £1-£6 it’s a perfect summer treat.
Whilst my mum and I are definitely not the target audience for this show, we certainly enjoyed it the same amount as the children who filled the theatre. Not only does the humour of the show have you invested but the gasps and laughter from enthralled children can’t help but bring a smile to your face. Barmy Britain is definitely fun for all ages and is the ideal way to spend a summer afternoon- plus you’ll learn some facts about our country which you may never have heard before!
Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Four runs at the Apollo Theatre until September 1st.
photo credit: Mark Douet