Terry Deary’s classic Horrible Histories on Stage are in Nottingham and we were thrilled to be invited along to watch the Terrible Tudors at the Theatre Royal last night.
Performed by The Birmingham Stage company history is brought to life as we witness the evil Richard III defeated by Henry Tudor and Henry VII take the crown and the beginning of the reign of the Terrible Tudors!
Starring Simon Nock as Dr Dee, Lisa Allen as Dross and Izaak Cainer as Drab, the energetic trio entertain the scores of children with amusing and memorable tales of horror, terror and gross things that kids love! All based on true historic facts!
The production is a kind of education meets pantomime with lots of audience participation to keep kids in rapture. The jokes are clever enough that adults and children can appreciate.
There is also plenty of catchy songs, music and dancing and I loved how the production opens up to every kind of learner with a diverse range of learning styles incorporated – visual and auditory. The 2nd half is partly in 3D giving plenty to keep the audience engaged.
All the family will learn something about Henry VIII, King Edwards, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, Mary, Queen of Scots and King James on an entertaining and accessible medium.
Burg if my boys, aged 12 and 9, loved every minute and with the show starting at 7pm and each half 45 minutes with. 15 minute intervals we were home for 9.15 pm which is pretty good for a school night!
We came away eager to learn more about King Richard III and planning a trip to Leicester to visit his museum.
The company are also putting on Awful Egyptians which is a popular curriculum topic in KS2 so perfect to make learning more fun!
Did you enjoy Horrible Histories? Would love to hear your thoughts!