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Horrible Histories returns with Barmy Britain Part Four at the Apollo Theatre

Thursday, 15th Feb 2018  

Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain - Part 4 - Apollo Theatre

Over the years the West End has been the recipient of numerous Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain shows. Such productions have appeared at locations like the Garrick Theatre and the Apollo Theatre to great success, providing younger audiences with an educational and humorous look at British history.

With that in mind it will come as no surprise to hear that 2018 will see its return once again. Audiences will have the chance to experience new encounters with historical figures with Part Four of the acclaimed series, this time entertaining audiences at the Apollo Theatre.

The West End venue is currently the home of the ongoing Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which has recently extended its run to October, and this means that Horrible Histories will be sharing the space with the acclaimed musical, presumably running during the daytime, with Everybody’s Talking About Jamie playing evenings.

Previous iterations of Barmy Britain have focused on figures like Dick Turpin and events like the First World War. Part Four will turn its attentions to Mary Tudor, Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I, Richard II and more, focusing on numerous events throughout many centuries of British history, from Roman times onwards.

The Horrible Histories brand has become a staple of the West End in recent years, joining Julia Donaldson adaptations like The Gruffalo and Room On The Broom as a familiar part of programming for younger audiences. It means that during the summer months younger audiences have been introduced to shows like these as a introduction to the West End.

And it is all the work of the Birmingham Stage Company, which has been presenting many stage versions of Horrible Histories in the West End and at other locations around the UK and beyond. The brand is best known, of course, as a series of books from writers like Terry Deary and is also a CBBC television series. Dear has been one of the writers of the stage show as well, along with Neal Foster and Ciaran McConville.

So with Everybody’s Talking About Jamie continuing at the Apollo Theatre until October, Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Four joins it with a run of performances from Friday 3rd August 2018 (previews from Thursday 2nd August 2018) to Saturday 1st September 2018.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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