Review // Horrible Histories at Brighton Theatre Royal

“Great! Exciting! Amazing!” 

These were the words my nine year old daughter used to describe Horrible Histories – Terrible Tudors at Brighton’s Theatre Royal. She enjoyed the show thoroughly and found it laugh-out-loud funny.

Lisa Allen and Simon Nock in Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians by Birmingham Stage Company Creatives Directors – Benedict Martin & Neal Foster Designer – Jackie Trousdale Lighting – Jason Taylor Music – Matthew Scott Sound – Nick Sagar Casting – Kay Magson Production Production Manager – Adrian Littlejohns Company Stage Manager – Chris Rooney Deputy Stage Manager- Amy Clarke Wardrobe Manager – Timi Baer Photo by Mark Douet

She and my son, who is six, watch Horrible Histories on weekend mornings on BBC iPlayer, but I don’t think I’ve ever sat through an episode so I wasn’t sure what to expect. A three person crew perform this educational and entertaining show. The Terrible Tudors took us through the full history of Tudor kings and queens from 1483 to 1603, and the content was pretty accurate in describing the historical events, but never preachy or dull. It also covered history about what happened to criminals (ears chopped off, hands chopped off, hanged, burned at the stake…) and manky medicine (fox grease and weasel entrails, anyone?), and managed to make stories of execution and murder light-hearted enough to appeal to a sensitive six year old. King Henry VIII’s wives all featured, and the interactive song we all learned means we’ll all remember how they were all got rid of (Divorced, beheaded, died…)!

The second half featured 3-D special effects which had both children screeching and clinging to me, as rocks and cannonballs seemed to be getting fired into the audience from the Spanish Armada.

All in all, a very entertaining evening as well as teaching real history. As a family, we would highly recommend it.

Horrible Histories is showing at Brighton Theatre Royal until 2nd February.


This review was written by Elizabeth Ford. We were given complimentary tickets in exchange for an honest review of the show. 

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