HORRIBLE HISTORIES Heads Off On Second Leg Of UK Tour

Beware! Ruthless Romans and Awful Egyptians are storming a theatre near you soon!

Birmingham Stage Company’s two Horrible Histories productions - Ruthless Romans and Awful Egyptians are rampaging through Britain touring until December. Both shows use actors and amazing Bogglevision 3D effects, helping the audience to feel what it was like to live in Roman Briton or Ancient Egypt.

Read our Interview with one of the actors from the show, Lauryn Redding HERE

These two shows are adapted from Terry Deary’s best selling Horrible Histories books which are currently in its third series on BBC TV and have just won the British Comedy Award for best TV Sketch show. 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 over 140 books, which have been translated into 30 different languages from China to Brazil. In 2003 all 10 children’s non-fiction books in the Bookseller charts were by Deary and in both 2003 and 2004 he was the most borrowed non-fiction author (children or adult books) in British libraries.

In Ruthless Romans you’ll find out how the Romans made murder into a sport in the Colosseum with more fouls than a Premiership football match! You’ll see eight evil emperors, killer kings, gory gladiators and grim ghouls! With incredible Bogglevision effects you’ll feel what it was really like to be a Roman soldier in the greatest army ever seen, fighting fierce battles against hordes of grotty Celts – but watch out for those flaming arrows whizzing straight for your head!

In Awful Egyptians you’ll learn the truth of Tutankhamun and his creepy curse and find out the fearsome facts about phabulous pharaohs, mean mummies and gruesome grave robbers. You’ll see how the Egyptians really lived 5000 years ago – how dead bodies were turned into mummies and how the huge pyramids were built. Dare you enter through the Gates of the Afterlife? Beware the Evil Eye of Horus - has it got its eye on you? 

Photo: Ian Tilton
Horrible Histories are directed by Phil Clark, designed by Jackie Trousdale, lighting by Jason Taylor, music by Matthew Scott & 3D effects by Amazing Interactives. Awful Egyptians is adapted by John-Paul Cherrington & Ruthless Romans by Ciaran McConville. The cast is Luke Broughton, Michael Moulton, Lauryn Redding, Daniel Thomas & Gary Wilson.

Birmingham Stage Company are well known for their great stage versions of children’s classics such as The Jungle Book, Tom’s Midnight Garden, Kensuke’s Kingdom and many Roald Dahl adaptations including Danny the Champion of the World and currently George’s Marvellous Medicine.

Families across the land must not miss out on this awful chance to travel back in time. Treat your whole family to a great show – both funny and historically informative and discover all the really ‘yucky’ bits of history that teachers and serious books never tell you!
To be enjoyed by everyone from 5 to 105
And don’t forget your mummy!

Read our review of the show HERE

Horrible Histories Tour 2011 

13 – 17 Sept - Floral Pavilion New Brighton - 0151 666 0000
20 - 24 Sept - Grand Opera House Belfast - 02890 241919
27 Sept – 1 Oct - New Theatre Hull - 01482 226 655
4 – 15 Oct - Bloomsbury Theatre London - 020 73888822
1 - 5 Nov - Opera House Manchester - 0844 847 2295
8-12 Nov - Hexagon Theatre Reading - 0118 960 60 60
15 – 19 Nov - New Theatre Cardiff - 029 208 78889
22 – 26 Nov - Lighthouse Poole - 0844 406 8666
29 Nov – 3 Dec - Theatr Hafren Newtown - 01686 625007