If you’re already a fan of the Horrible Histories TV show then you’re going to love the live stage version!
Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain began with a hilarious Roman parody of Master Chef, Manky Chef, and had children and parents alike laughing and squealing in equal measures of disgust and delight. Gross gags around Roman cuisine were made even funnier by Nick Sagar’s amazing sound effects. Every squelch, splat, whip crack and drum roll had the audience eurgh-ing and ooh-ing.
Less than five minutes in and the audience were split into two for the ultimate slaves vs thanes sing-off. This was a real testament to the actors on stage who’d really endeared themselves to us in no time and everyone sang along full pelt, including us parents – much to my daughter’s embarrassment.
Benedict Martin and Pip Chamberlin absolutely make this show, which is essentially two men and a dressing up box, but their obvious rapport and perfect comic timing made the 70 minutes feel more like fifteen and left the audience wanting more.
The entire show was full of laugh out loud moments but the highlights for me came from a bearded Queen Elizabeth performing ‘Tonight’s Going to be a Good Night‘ with Will.i.am Plays Every Day Shakespeare, and from the critical Tudor Tailors with their somehow familiar catchphrase, “Suit thou, Sir“.
Don’t miss your chance to learn a little history this half term, as long as it’s history with the nasty bits left in.